A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

8.2 based on 3 ratings

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
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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
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"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.