Who’s His Father? Satan?

Not that I think I’m going to be a father soon, but having an evil kid is such a huge fear for me when I think about it. You really can’t do anything about it and it’s your kid, so you would probably feel inclined to protect / defend them no matter what happened.

That’s what Tilda Swinton’s character deals with in We Need to Talk About Kevin and that’s what makes it scary. It could happen to you.

Kevin is a very strange kid. While Eva (Swinton) isn’t the best mother, her son pushes her as far as she’ll let him as often as he decides. Kevin is very nice to his father (John C. Reilly), so it would probably seem like bullshit for Eva to tell her husband how Kevin treats her.
After an increasingly disturbing childhood Kevin goes on a killing spree at his school and a lot of the movie is about Eva dealing with the aftermath.


  • The acting in this movie is great. The actors that play Kevin REALLY nail the evil kid thing, and Tilda Swinton is really fantastic as this tortured mother that everyone now hates because of her son’s actions.
  • The story is handled well. When doing a story like this it would be very easy to make it ridiculous and unbelievable, but I can see everything in this movie as very plausible.


  • I wasn’t a huge fan of how it was presented. I’ve liked movies that were out of sequence before, but for some reason I wasn’t in love with it in We Need to Talk About Kevin. We know what ultimately happens to the kid long before we know the details of what he did. I wish Kevin’s fate was more of a mystery.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a very well acted and grounded film. I’d recommend seeing it if you don’t mind stories that jump around. It’s stylistically very similar to Martha Marcy May Marlene, but ultimately a much more entertaining and well-made film.

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