"It's like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don't hear about that on the 6 o'clock news, why? 'Cause nothing is happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it's a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it's got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they're watching TV.
Kevin's approach to what the people are interested in nowadays and how the media is only willing to depict the stories of the sick and the crazy. Nobody wants to watch a movie about little Timmy who gets straight As and spends his free time watching TV, because that's too common and frankly, that's not entertainment. And I'm guilty of being one of the people who are very much interested in that sick side of the world - as a matter of fact, it's more the sick side of everything. There's just more to look into when it comes to the dark side, there's so much that can scare you, intimidate you, disgust you, and that's an experience all in itself.
The fact that Kevin mentions this makes me think of Augustus Waters (from TFioS) and how obsessed he was with oblivion; the state of being forgotten. And it seems like Kevin's master plan all stems from the fact that he has always craved attention. In fact, he was born right into the state of needing it so badly and not getting enough of it at all. So when his mother asks him why he did it and he responds saying that at first, he thought he knew why but recently he's not so sure, it makes me think of how he was so obsessed with attention and set a target for himself that just completely took over and made him very obsessive. He portrayed so many obsessive tendencies and all the messed up things he does only seem to thrill me even more.
In relation to the whole oblivion and attention thing, his mum asks him about how school's going and he responds with: "It's going."
And that's just so true. It is insanely true. That is all I could ever say about school. It's happening and it's moving forward and we're studying and taking all those shitty standardized tests and repeat that over and over for a few years. Education is a whole other sector of discussion for me because I have so much to say about it, but I think this was one of the things that made Kevin - personally - very relatable to me. I understood where his obsessiveness came from and I almost wanted to say "Ah, I know right." It's so repetitive and dull and there's no escaping it. You don't even have to enjoy it, because it's happening wether you like it or not. And of course when it comes to school, it's a privilege and people who are getting a good education, or simply some form of education at all, should be very grateful for it. But it's compulsory and with everything that you have to do regardless of how you feel about it, is something you learn to get used to.
That last sentence hit me quite a lot because little Kevin in the movie said it with such fragility. Even whilst he was being completely hateful towards his mother, he was aware of how she felt towards him. He knew what was happening. And just like Ezra said in one of his interviews for the movie, a young child or baby is very much aware of its surrounding and will ask for the attention and care it craves and needs in order to grow and I like that this movie shows just how delicate and important caring for a child the correct way is and just how easy it is to go wrong.
I think I'm going to stop here now because I know there's no end to the analyses and the millions of thoughts this movie and this powerful character and performance gave me. I don't really know what I've talked about and what I haven't. Hopefully it wasn't too all over the place.
I know it was.