DailyView: Day 275, Movie 385
Whoa, this one was tough.
I found this on Amazon Prime a few days ago and added it to my Watchlist mainly because I like Tilda Swinton and I found the description to be intriguing. Little did I know how hard this movie would hit.
Swinton played Eva, the mother of a strange boy Kevin who seemed to have a lot of resentment and anger toward her. Any time his father, Frank (John C. Reilly) was around, Kevin seemed to be a normal boy. However, his behaviors began to escalate over the years and caused stress and anxiety for his mother.
There are flashes ahead showing something terrible that had occurred, but the film kept the mystery of what was about to happen close to the vest.
Kevin was played by several actors, but the two that really stood out was the teenage Kevin, Ezra Miller, and the younger boy Kevin, Jasper Newell. Both Newell and Miller do a wonderful job bringing a sinister performance of the clearly psychotic Kevin, creating a portrait of a mentally unstable child who wound up committing a horrendous atrocity.
The beginning of the film was confusing. I had some trouble following the story as Eva was all over the place. However, as it progressed the story, the plot became more clear and became more intense. John C. Reilly’s character was blind to the issues his son was having and the manipulation that he was pulling. There were not many characters to really root for, because even Eva had plenty of negativity to her. She was not a great mother.
There is a coldness in the film, which is obviously intentional. That tone carries through the entire film and, I have to tell you, the end of the movie was a real kick in the gut. The film does not try and sugar coat anything. It is not an enjoyable movie, but it is a fascinating one.