A Monster Calls

Genre:  Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: January 6, 2017
DVD: March 28, 2017
Blu-ray: March 28, 2017
Digital: March 14, 2017
Netflix: March 1, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.83
based on 50 votes and 22 reviews
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Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson


Due to his mother's (Felicity Jones) worsening illness, and constant bullying by classmates, 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is plagued by nightmares. One night, a voice calls to him and Conor discovers an unlikely ally in a tree-shaped monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) that appears at his bedroom window.

The monster tells Conor three stories that draw him into a fantastical world and takes him on a journey of courage, truth, and faith.

Based on the 2011 award-winning children's fantasy novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, which was honored with the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2012.

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Jonathan King, Belén Atienza, Mitch Horwits
Screenplay: Patrick Ness
Official Site: focusfeatures.com/amonstercalls

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  • 5 stars "It is a drama, and it does feel slow for someone like me who usually likes explosions and space ships and gunfights. But when it was over I said to myself: "Self, that was hands-down, no doubt about it, the best movie we've seen in a very long time." I loved it."
  • 5 stars "True, this is a very sad and relentless movie so if you have little or no time for something sad then do not see this movie. For those that want a film that touches on complex and thoughtful themes (childhood, abandonment, death, anger, redemption) then this will interest you. But, when you add a fantasy element to it, then the film opens up to a whole other realm. Some children do live in other "worlds" when trying to cope with things that are beyond their comprehension and ability to process especially when they don't have anyone to hold them and protect them as much as possible. The acting my the young boy is devastatingly effective, and although I did feel Sigourney was miscast, she did a decent job with a rather unkind character until you start to see the pain that she is also experiencing. The score is exquisite but doesn't intrude in the film, and the photography and sets are incredible. And, the redoubtable Liam Neeson is superb in his characterization. Without him and his soothing yet ominous voice, this film would not have worked, no matter how well the other parts of it did. Worth watching but bring kleenex."
  • 5 stars "I cried in this movie. My mom died of cancer almost 4 years ago and it's was hard to let her go. The morality and immorality of the society. Amazing after effects and very touching movie."