'We Need to Talk About Kevin' Review By Zak Lee Ferguson
Ramsay's return to form. It thought provoking, tense, all engrossing, actors showing their audience what they have got- showing the humanity in the most awful of situations.
This is a very dark, nostalgic piece of horror/ psychological niche that is apple pie to me. Beautifully enjoyable, to see actors of this accord perform and breath something into these characters. Tilda is central and is always on screen and it is both vivid and beautiful, but awful at the same time- admiration for the performances, guilt, anger, passion, lust, utter torment for this women of this position- coping with a treacherous son, evil- vile- meticulously enthused, a sly smart arse, a charming in his land, a very powerful tour from Ezra Miller.
Lynn has not made a film in almost a decade, and to see something handled with as much care here as Spielberg did with Schindlers list is just endogenously directivity masterful. Full of scary tense moments, full of moments that are tended, full of moments that will leave you wondering about parenthood, overall a film that in all its glory is something to admire and to think through.
So don't jump gun- don't misread this as an art type film- its a movie that has a beautiful sheen and a great DoP but don't try and interpret what's not there its just useless.
With the soup cans, the washing of her hands, the streaked red paint it does symbolise blood, and death and revenge and lust and love, but that's all it is, the slow moving shots, the eerily slow moment between Her and her Son are done just through pure severity of emotion and the power that Ramsay holds within the world of cinema. Films as these are looked at as "oh- weird, connective sh*te- but when you look for answers in the shots and photography- oh yeah its quite clever"- no just no! Don't reduce good cinema into something to write an essay on- it takes the beauty out of cinema.
It thought provoking, tense, all engrossing, actors showing their audience what they have got- showing the humanity in the most awful of situations. Take tissues, don't go in with expectations as you will either leave after the ending feeling angry, saddened, guilty, pitiful, or leaving feeling pride for Tilda's take on this beguiled, low low women.
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