If you like a dark, creepy psychological thriller, this movie is for you. These are my favourite kinds of movies to watch. The kind that leave you thinking about what you just watched for hours after it has ended. If I had known this was based on a book before I had started watching it, I would have loved to had read it first. Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly portray a husband and wife who were a young and adventurous travelling couple, until an unplanned pregnancy puts their carefree life on hold. Kevin is a troubled boy who realizes at a very young age that his mother may not love him the same way other mothers love their kids, which results in his violent behaviour.
This movie was filmed in a way that makes you think. It jumps from timeline to timeline. When Kevin was a baby, to when he was a toddler, a young boy and a teen. It took a couple of scenes before I became able to tell which timeline the film had just jumped too, but to me, that is what made this film even more interesting. The music choices were great. Any movie that pairs a seemingly happy song with a dark and disturbing scene in the movie and can pull it off gets points in my book.
Tilda Swinton does a great job in portraying a mother who is second guessing herself and the way she brought up her son. John C. Reilly was the only thing about this movie that kind of threw me off. It may be because we are so used to seeing him in comedies that seeing him in this role didn’t work for me. Now, Ezra Miller. What an amazing young actor. I had seen Perks of Being a Wallflower before watching this movie and let me tell you, he plays to completely different characters. I am always impressed by an actor that can play a charming, class clown in one movie and a dark, disturbed young teenager in another. He is definitely an actor I would look out for in the future.
Overall, this is definitely the kind of movie for you if you are looking for something dark and thought-provoking.