You know how in chapter three Chiron kind of pretends to be someone he's not? I feel like that's sort of what Kevin does in chapter 2 of the movie. He was wanting to impress all the "cool kids" and the only time he was fully himself imo was in the beach scene because we actually got to see him be vulnerable and honest but before that he was kind of putting on an act I feel. And afterwards he also put on an act with those bullies. He was the most vulnerable and unguarded with Chiron
yes yes yes! this is pretty much what jharrel said here, Kevin was hiding just as much as Chiron but a lot of people dismissed it because they just thought that’s the kind of person he would have grown up to be, you know? your typical tough guy but that scene on the beach shows how much of a facade he put on just to fit in. When he beats up Chiron… if anyone thinks he wanted to do that, they’re wrong. Barry mentions in the audio commentary how Kevin was basically a product of the world pushing you to do what you think you need to do to in order to survive. And when adult Kevin says he never did what he wanted to do, only what other people expected from him, that speaks 1000 words because he hid so much of himself as a teenager. He was attracted to boys before he kissed Chiron so god knows how much that would have wrecked him because it didn’t match his tough guy exterior so he just continued to hide for years and years until he became the Kevin in the third chapter. It’s heartbreaking, those two boys went through so much and I know a lot of people don’t get Kevin’s character but honestly his character is pretty damn painful and I’m crying while writing this, amazing.