A Monster Calls (2016) Movie Review


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A Monster Calls (2016)

2016 | PG-13 | Drama, Fantasy
108 minutes /

User Score: 64/100

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A Monster Calls Review

Synopsis:

A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

A Monster Calls (2016) is a 108 minute USA/Spain drama, fantasy movie that was shot in several locations in England, UK and Catalonia, Spain. Director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible (2012), The Orphanage (2007)) did an extraordinary job executing this phenomenal movie that deals with grief which is something that is hard for many people to deal with. A Monster Calls was adapted from screenplay writer Patrick Ness’ novel. I was in tears watching this film as it is emotional as it can get dealing with the honest approach of the way we handle death that the truth that comes with death. It was a sad story/movie that will leave many in tear and touch so many hearts. Bayona did a marvelous job pulling out the audience sympathetic side out. It displays how we are letting go or saying goodbye on so many different levels to someone we love.


Conor (Lewis MacDougall - Pan (2015), Boundaries (2017), The Belly of the Whale) is a 12-year-old boy in the UK that grows up all too quickly in life after he deals with how unfair life is or can be. Conor’s mother, Lizzie (Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything (2014), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Inferno (2016)) is battling cancer, and it does not look like she will win the fight. Conor had it tough with the fact that he will most likely lose his mom and to make it worse is that he is constantly being bullied in school. Conor had no choice but to go live with his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver - Aliens (1986), Avatar (2009), Alien (1979), Alien 3 (1992)) who is not easy to put up with.

Conor’s personality changed as everything became too much for him to handle which resulted in him being filled with anger, and desperation. A monster visited Conor and told him that he would tell Conor three different stories on three separate occasions, and then he will visit Conor a fourth time which Conor will have to choose whether to tell him the truth or face his wrath.

The entire cast gave us outstanding performances and the characters were just delightful as every emotion shows on their face. Thumbs up for the production designs, musical score, CGI, and practical effects. Many people will walk away from this movie thinking that we all will have to face the inevitable one day and say goodbye to one of our loved ones in so many ways. I was heartbroken over Conor because he is so young to see his mother dying and it must have been difficult for him to build up the strength he needs to to be there for her. I am a mother of three beautiful boys and would never want my kids to go through this at a young age although there was one-time last year where I was not sure where my health/life was heading but the outcome was good. Life is so unpredictable, and so many take it for granted.


About A Monster Calls 2016

Title: A Monster Calls
Year: 2016
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Reviewer:
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.15/5 stars from 11 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 11
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell, Geraldine Chaplin, Lee Bolton, Jennifer Lim, Felicity Jones, Frida Palsson, Kai Arnthal, Ben Moor, Max Golds, Wanda Opalinska, Patrick Taggart, Garry Marriott, Lewis MacDougall, James Melville, Lily-Rose Aslandogdu, Max Gabbay, Joe Curtis, Morgan Symes, Oliver Steer, Dominic Boyle
Writers: Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
Director: J.A. Bayona

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