I didn’t read the book and now I wished I had if only to give the film soundtrack a miss. Without it, I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more. Instead, I did find myself forwarding in the most intense scenes just to skip the music. However, I found the story very much to my taste.
A moment in the life of a teenager, who goes on a rampage in his school and the aftermath of his actions on his mom, the only survival of the family.
The characters I thought were more plausible than some of the situations, but I think that’s due to some of my own prejudices and over-knowledge of mass shooters in general and the fact that I couldn’t help drawing comparisons with another film on the same subject (Beautiful Boy, a 2010 film directed by Shawn Ku with Maria Bello, Michael Sheen and Alan Tudyk) which I thought was also interesting and maybe a tad more realistic to my eyes.
A film to watch if you’re into true crime, mass killing and introspection.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (THE FILM) by Lynne Ramsay with Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller