We Need To Talk About Kevin
First screened in October 2011
Director: Lynne Ramsay. Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer, Ashley Gerasimowich, Siobhan Fallon, Alex Manette,
Leslie Lyles, James Chen, Lauren Fox. Screenplay: Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear (based on the novel by Lionel Shriver). Twitter Capsule:
Early formal rigors must buoy increasingly puerile conceptions. Ends up 30% Ramsay, 70% Sam Mendes.
More tempting to reward here. Opening acts trust image, sound, montage to tell a story. But choices large and small suggest rickety conception. Shoots for effect but misses real impact. Will it last?