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A Monster Calls [DVD] [2016]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (183 out of 195)

    Special Features


    • Making of the Tales
    • The Making of A Monster Calls

    Synopsis


    A Monster Calls
    A young boy (Lewis MacDougall) befriends a wise tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) while coping with bullying and the terminal illness of his mother (Felicity Jones). He moves in with his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) as his mom's condition deteriorates, and uses his imagination and friendship with the monster to escape reality. J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) directed this fantasy drama. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Sigourney Weaver
      Sigourney Weaver - Grandma
    • Felicity Jones
      Felicity Jones - Mum
    • Toby Kebbell
      Toby Kebbell - Dad
    • Liam Neeson
      Liam Neeson - The Monster
    • Image coming soon
      Ben Moor - Mr. Clark



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 195 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Not a childrens movie

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      Kurt
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      I was expecting A monster Calls to be a movie about a child who overcomes adversity with the help of his friendly monster. From the previews I wasn't sure if the monster was supposed to be real in a fantasy adventure sort of way, or just an imaginary friend for moral support. What this movie is really about: is how a child deals with the pain of having his single mother grow increasingly sick from cancer. It is well done, and a good story (hence my 4 star review). It is just not at all what I was expecting. It is a PG-13 movie with themes concerning bullying, parenting, anger management, and family sickness.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Disturbing and depressing

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      1234
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      After reading the review on the movie case, I was captivated. However, the movie was very dark and did not reflect what was written on the case. Instead, the young boy suffered from abandonment, gang abuse, loss of both parents (death and abandonment) emotional trauma and was provided with no mature adult guidance from his father, the monster, mother or grandmother. His mother and father demonstrated some love and his grandmother was ultimate support. Ulti he was taught that the world is full of grief and eternity is spent lost. How sad!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great adaption of a beloved book

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      whalter58
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      An Irish writer named Siobhan Dowd, was at work on 'A Monster Calls' while she was fighting cancer. She didn't live to finish it. Patrick Ness wrote the book & Jim Kay illustrated it. This movie is a loving adaption of the book. In the book and the movie a Yew Tree (or Tree of Life) is a big part of the story The 'World Tree' is one of the oldest symbols of the mystical union of human and nature. Check out picture of a real one below.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Storytelling on a grand scale

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      Chitowncynic
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      Liam Neeson stars (voices) as the main character in a film that is entertaining, a little frightening and a lot sad. It's the story of a young boy who is dealing with school bullies and his mother's battle with cancer. One night he is approached by a giant monster who tells the boy 3 stories that relate to his life in ways the boy doesn't expect. The movie is sad throughout, may be to intense for young viewers but is a very well done movie. By the time the film ends the young boy finds ways to overcome the bullies and learns he can deal with tragedy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An interesting concept

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      JARHEAD
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      I really enjoyed the movie .The story line was amazing and very sad .Was not quite expecting that .However I thoroughly enjoyed it ,Was not expecting the storyline to take the courses that it did .So for me that was a good thing A little boy did an amazing job a special effects were very good and the end was surprisingly good And unexpected .Don't want to give it away Well acted in all aspects of the movie .

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Deeply thoughtful if not melancholy

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      Bryon
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      Without ruining the movie, it's definitely a good look inside how humans process (or not) grief, the inexorable turning of time, and the onset of changes - whether we want them or not or whether they will better us or not. And, it also shows, that no matter what life throws at us, the fine line between adversity and growth always falls back to the most "human" concept of all: choice. Have tissues handy throughout.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Get a BIG box of Tissues

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      StevieW8120
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      This was not at all what I / We had expected. The movie was excellent, the acting was Superb. I would not let young children or ANYONE who is going through the stages of loss or grieving watch this alone. This is the first time Sigourney Weaver has created a character, whom I did NOT like. That show how good an actress she really is. Spoiler alert: The Butler DIDN'T do it (this time). :o)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

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      Tis1
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      It was a good movie a bit sad, though. However, I do not believe that this movie was intended for young children, although it gives the impression that it is, just by looking at the picture in the video. Children will not get the meaning behind it, plus it would be too sad for them. I believe this is a movie is for people sixteen and older.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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