It’s been said time and time again that the movie is never as good as the book. I think most of the time it’s just not possible to include all the details in the 120 minutes but also you’re viewing someone else’s interpretation of the text and may not include things you found important.
I started reading “we need to talk about kevin” about a week and a half ago. I enjoyed the novel but it definitely wasn’t my favourite. It had been a long time since I read an epistolary type novel so I found it a little hard to get into. I also found the main character Eva a little grating at times. Without given away too much, the story is basically about a couple constantly at odds over their son. The mother believes that he may be a sociopath whereas his father believes that she’s just being too hard on him and constantly takes their son’s side. It was an interesting concept because I’m sure this struggle happens everywhere, maybe not to this degree but the idea of good cop/bad cop is definitely not a foreign one. I also thought the way she planned to have a child was interesting, it also speaks a lot about the parent/child relationship. The novel is pretty haunting, although I had known that going into it so that didn’t surprise me. Although it deals with some dark scenes and ideas, the novel isn’t too gruesome, something I wouldn’t be able to read.
So, I finished the novel on Friday and I watched the movie on Saturday and to be honest, I thought the movie would be scarier. It could be because I read the novel so knew what to expect but I watched it during the day because I was so afraid of being afraid (so ridiculous, I’m sure). The movie did a fairly good job of capturing the details and the timelines, although I think it would have been important to show Eva and her husband before Kevin, which is done in the novel and gives you a completely different sense of them. I also felt they left out a few details I found important at the end but I guess that’s what happens when someone else interprets it.
This novel presents some very interesting and troubling ideas and although some of the scenes dragged a bit, I would recommend this novel.
What’s everyone reading now? I’m currently on “I am Malala” – expect a review of that soon