We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) DVD / Blu-ray

By:Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –

Did you know there was a second prequel to The Dark Knight?  One where we learn all about the Joker’s childhood and get a little peek into what might have made him so supremely fucked up?  Well, I didn’t either.  Also, if you asked me what his actual first name was, probably my 504th guess would be Kevin.  The more you know…

I don’t know what #1 would be… Rupert?

All “joking” aside (the amount of inspiration I feel in a review has an inverse relationship with the amount of puns I use) this film goes some dark lpaces.  It examines a young man who commits a terrible crime through the viewpoint of his mother, spanning from his conception through a disturbing antagonistic childhood all the way to the aftermath of his crime.

A Toast

This film made quite an impression on quite a few critics, and for good reason  Respected indie director Lynne Ramsay uses her whole tool-bag of editing tricks and shot selection to drive home her points obliquely or underscore her more overt ones.  Her striking use of color, particularly red, also masterfully accomplishes this, and her use of audio to juxtapose the horrifying and the mundane is supremely unsettling, almost as much as its black hole-level dark humor.

Or perhaps laughing about anything in this movie makes me broken inside

It’s the performances, though, that carry the film.  Ezra Miller, as the teenage iteration of Kevin, is utterly chilling, and I only half-joked when I said that he could conceivably grow into Heath Ledger’s Joker.  Swinton outshines even this performance, once again giving a master class in acting as a mother who values her personal freedom over motherhood.  She’s probably the worst mother I’ve ever seen on the screen, which is saying something, but her skill is so great that, if not empathizing with, we can at least pity the character that she creates.

Beer Two

This film is unflinching in so many things that it’s a sort of curious decision when it chooses not to depict the crime that the plot centers on.  The effectiveness of the film doesn’t depend on it, but I can’t help but think that its impact would have been even greater, and the symbolic way they choose to portray it comes off as pretty weak after so much build up.


This is a very dark, very challenging film, but if you’re up to tangling with that, a very rewarding one.


Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: whenever the color red or blood is used as a motif (but first ask yourself: Can I drink for close to two hours straight?)

Take a Drink: whenever the kid does something creepy

Drink a Shot: whenever mother and son share an uncomfortable sexual moment

About Henry J. Fromage

Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

One comment

  1. Great review, I love how the same elements of something can work for one person but not another. I just watched this for the first time the other night and I said to myself at least 3 times, “god I hate this movie!” hahaha. I thought Ramsay’s directing was very unique but so unnecessary for this type of topic. The whole movie was so disorienting and all over the place that it was distracting. And the music… I just hated the music choice and how it was used throughout the film.The topic is so dark, and the development of Kevin raises the question was it nature or nurture that led him to the crime (I thought he was a sociopath), but the movie doesn’t really explore any of those options. To me it raises a bunch of questions but offers no insight or solutions. Tilda and Ezra were great though but as a whole I think a film like Elephant is much a more superior rendering of the topic.

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