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We Need To Talk About Kevin

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albert robbins

on 20 March 2013

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Transcript of We Need To Talk About Kevin

We Need To Talk About Kevin Lynn Ramsey demonstrates the destruction of Eva’s Dreams in different scenes throughout the movie. This theme is explored in the scene in which Kevin destroys Eva’s room full of maps. A panning shot is used show the total destruction that Kevin has caused to Eva’s “room”. This panning shot starts at one side of the room and pans across to the other to show that Kevin has taken over every part of Eva’s life and destroyed all her dreams. The destruction of dreams is also conveyed by Ramsey in the birth scene. In this scene Eva is told to “stop resisting” as she is clearly trying to hold off birth as long as possible. This shows that she clearly does not want to have this child because it will destroy her dreams of travelling, she is trying to keep her individuality for as long as possible by resisting birth. Once she does give birth the room is shown with very sterile lighting showing that her dreams are gone and the canvas is now blank like the background. The role of motherhood is explored by Ramsey throughout the movie; one particular scene which displays this is the Halloween scene. In this scene Eva is tormented by children dressed in scary costumes as she drives home. Through this scene there is constant flashing lights these lights are used in this scene to show the emotion and distress experienced by Eva. These children dressed in frightening costumes show how petrified Eva is of all children including Kevin. Blurry close up shots are also used in this scene to symbolize Eva’s blurry mental state at the time. The Role of motherhood is also demonstrated in the final prison scene. It is during this scene where Eva visits Kevin just days before he is transported to the big prison. Camera angles are used in this scene to show the change in power between Eva and Kevin. Throughout the movie Kevin is shown from a low angle camera to symbolize the power he has over his family, in this final scene eye level shots are used for both Eva and Kevin showing that the power between them is equal. Role Of Motherhood Role Of Motherhood Destruction Of Dreams Destruction Of Dreams Guilt is an imperative reoccurring theme that is explored by Ramsey throughout the film. One main scene where it is presented is the supermarket scene near the start of the movie. Dialog is used in this scene to display the guilt felt by Eva about Kevin’s actions. After all of Eva’s eggs are smashed she states “I’ll take them as they are” this sentence shows that she feels guilty for what Kevin has done and takes the responsibility for it. Guilt Guilt it also shown in the scene in which Eva gets punched in the face by a fellow mother. This mother punches Eva, because Kevin killed her child, a man comes up and offers to call the police. Dialog is used in this scene to once again show how Eva takes the blame for Kevin’s actions as she says “no, no, no it was my fault”. This shows how Eva blames herself for what Kevin did and she accepts responsibility for it although she did not do anything wrong. Musical dissonance is also used in this scene as at the start happy music is being played contrasting to how Eva feels after being punched. The grieving process is explored by Ramsey many times within the film. Throughout many scenes in the film Eva is shown to be grinding, scraping and painting away red paint. One example of this is when Eva is angle grinding red paint off her house. This red paint symbolizes what Kevin has done to destroy Eva’s life by killing the rest of her family. When Eva is shown scraping away this red paint, it shows the grieving process she is going through at this time in her life. She is trying to grind away the emotions that have built up because of Kevin’s actions to forgive Kevin. The Grieving Process The grieving process is shown again later in the film, when Eva is displayed making Kevin’s room so it is perfect even though he is still in prison. Comparison is used in this scene to show how Kevin’s room finally looks the same as it did before the massacre. Symbolism is also used in this scene as making Kevin’s bed is a symbol, it is at this moment in the film that we are shown that Eva has finally forgiven Kevin for his actions. By Albert Robbins Guilt The Grieving Process
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