Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones
Director: J.A. Bayona
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Based on the novel by Patrick Ness
Drama | Fantasy | 2016
From what I’ve read on Twitter and other movie review blogs, I’ve heard that A Monster Calls is one sad movie. I can see why, the film itself tells the story of a young boy, Conor (played by Lewis MacDougall), who is trying to cope with the fact that his mother (played by Felicity Jones) is terminally ill and will soon leave him.
So basically, there’s this monster who lives in (or perhaps as) a tree and comes out when he is called upon for help. Conor doesn’t know that he called him, but he does. At first the monster seems scary, but then he starts to be Conor’s safe haven to run from what’s happening in real life. The monster tells three stories and in return Conor must tell him the truth of his nightmare.
I thought the monster was well created. He was a mix between the demon in Death Note and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. I also liked the animation used while the monster was telling his stories. It reminded me a lot of the animation that is used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Hermione is reading the story of the Deathly Hallows.
As for the acting, I thought they got the job done. Each turn of the story and the reality bashing into the emotions of Conor and his grandmother (played by Sigourney Weaver).
I wouldn’t say I was pulled into this movie. Yes, I thought the story was wonderful and well laid out. And the way it ended was great I think, but I just wasn’t enthralled at all. I loved the animation and CGI of the monster. Back to what I said earlier, with everything I’ve read on social media about this film, I was under the impression that I was in for a tear jerker/full out sob session, but it didn’t really hit me at all. I still liked the film though. “Liked It” rating, but I don’t know if I would watch it again or not. (4/5)
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"