The 31 Best Films Of 2011 - No. 11
We Need To Talk About Kevin
When I first saw the trailer for this, I was concerned that it gave too much away as to why we’re talking about Kevin. I’ve never read the book but my understanding is that it’s a very ambiguous story with you questioning if this kid is as bad as made out, or is it the mother’s reluctance of being a parent that makes him seem so. The film does choose to remove that incertitude but it takes take anything way from it’s overall impact. No one could ever forget watching the film. Sure it’s provocative, but it’s that horrible sense of possibility that this could, and has, happened that makes it feeling like your voyeuring in on someones worst nightmare. The acting, especially from Tilda Swinton is harrowing. It’s an uncomfortable watch but the execution is so administrative that you appreciate this brutal story being told.