I had assumed going into We Need to Talk About Kevin that I was walking into a horror film. Turns out the film could technically be classified as a horror film - but “thriller” is what comes to mind.
In the film, Eva (Tilda Swinton) is a woman who is struggling with raising her problematic child. He is completely manipulative, cunning, and twisted - and no one will believe Eva that this is the case. The film builds on this notion and shows Eva throughout the years raising Kevin while trying to maintain her sanity.
The film’s timeline is all over the place, consistently alternating between past and present versions of Kevin and his mother, Eva. The film slowly reveals the storyline, giving audiences a chance to make assumptions and judge every character involved for their actions. It’s a really great way of presenting the film, as otherwise the content may have been too stagnant and boring to present alone.
I thought this was a great film. It’s rare for me to sit down and watch something like this but I was really impressed. It’s absolutely worth watching.