A boy attempts to deal with his mother's illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping to a fantastical world.
A review of A Monster Calls
A deeply affecting fantasy drama about death and grief. — Based on the book and screenplay written by Patrick Ness, the idea for A Monster Calls originally came from Siobhan Dowd, who sadly passed away from breast cancer at the age of 47. A Monster Calls follows twelve-year-old Connor, the startlingly talented Lewis MacDougall, whose mother, played with heartbreaking vulnerability by Felicity Jones, is terminally ill. Bullied at school, with an absent father and a domineering grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), Connor is forced to confront his fears when a Monster, voiced commandingly by Liam Neeson, emerges from underneath a yew tree in the nearby cemetery and offers to tell Connor three stories in exchange for the child’s ‘truth’.
"A Monster Calls" Review
"A Monster Calls" is one of the most inventive and emotionally raw movies of the year. Just as director J.A. Bayona found bright young talent in Tom Holland (the new Spider-Man) for 2012's "The Impossible" - he's found another new star in 14-year-old, Lewis MacDougall. He plays Conor O'Malley, a boy living in England with his mother (Felicity Jones), who has cancer. She doesn't want him to know exactly how sick she is, but a visit from Grandma (Sigourney Weaver) makes her failing condition evident. Conor and his Grandma don't get along, and the tension of the circumstances adds to their mutual frustration.
Genre Film Star Status Was Never the Intention, Says Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver appeared at the New York premiere of A Monster Calls, and there she told reporters that, in appreciating directors who sought her out based on her impressive C.V., becoming a high profile genre star was never the goal.
'A Monster Calls' Director J.A. Bayona Calls the Film His Love Letter to Fantasy
A Monster Calls made its New York premiere on Wednesday night, and on the night director J.A. Bayona gave some insight into what inspired him to make the film.
'A Monster Calls' is a Beautiful, Imaginative Adaptation of the Novel by Patrick Ness (TIFF Review)
'The Impossible' director Juan Antonio Bayona takes on the tragic story of a young boy dealing with the terminal illness of his mother. Plagued by a recurring nightmare, a monster shows up to tell him stories at night.
'A Monster Calls' Pushed Back to Award-Season Arrival
Focus Features has shifted the release date for its upcoming film A Monster Calls, looking to awards season by pushing it back two months for a December premiere.