Pick of the Week

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writers: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear, Lion Shriver (novel)

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, John C. Reilly, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer, Ashley Gerasimovich

Based on the million-selling Orange Prize winning novel by Lionel Shriver and directed by acclaimed film-maker Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin is an emotional thriller starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller. Eva (Tilda Swinton) puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15, he does something irrational and unforgivable in the eyes of the community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault?

This is Lynne Ramsay’s first film since Morvern Callar in 2002, a long time for such a great talent to be away (part of the reason for her absence was her failed attempt to adapt The Lovely Bones novel). However, the wait was well worth it as We Need To Talk About Kevin is an utter masterpiece of a film, masterfully directed with amazing performances, particularly from lead Tilda Swinton (both her and the film as a whole was disgracefully snubbed by the Oscars). A unique and powerful exploration of the nature vs. nurture debate, and an absolute must-own.

Extras include:

  • Interview with cast and crew
  • Trailer

We Need To Talk About Kevin DVD

Other Releases

In Time – A classic case of a film having an amazing concept that doesn’t really follow through with it, this is perfectly passable entertainment. However, when it comes from director Andrew Niccol, who made things like Gattaca, Lord of War and The Truman Show (the latter as a writer), this can’t help but be a disappointment. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried have very little chemistry together, which kind of makes it hard to care for their growing relationship amidst all the running around. You won’t really regret watching it but will probably be left wanting more.

Extras include:

  • ‘The Minutes’ Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Deleted and extended scenes (10x)

In Time DVD

The Three Musketeers – Where to even begin with this one… This blockbuster take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic adventure tale bastardizes the whole thing, adding in airships, headache-inducing one-liners and terrible acting (to name just a few wrong-doings).  Both ridiculous and boring (a feat in and of itself to accomplish both simultaneously), this is a shining example of what’s wrong with Hollywood blockbusters these days. There are certainly worse films out – there are a couple of enjoyable touches to be found here and there – but this certainly one you should avoid.

(Extras info unavailable)

The Three Musketeers DVD

Paranormal Activity 3 – The first film in this franchise is still the best simply because the idea was still fresh then but this third installment offers a lot of fun scares, bringing it back from the lacklustre (to say the least) second film. However,it does lose its way in the last 20-30 mins when it tries to explain the back-story and just ends up confusing things for the worse. If you’ve seen any of the previous films you pretty much know what you’re in for with the third one, but it does have some of the best scares of the series so far.

Extras include:

  • Scare Montage
  • ‘Dennis’ commercial

Paranormal Activity 3 DVD

Sleeping Beauty – I haven’t had a chance to see this one yet but the film split audiences upon its release, some praising its boldness and the performance of Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), while others thought it exploitative and pretentious. A divisive film that inspires discussion is far better than a safe one which you immediately forget though, right?

(Extras info unavailable)

 

Sleeping Beauty DVD

Which of these releases will you be spending your money on (if any)?