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
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.
Excellent movie. Lots of messages in this one. Dealing with loss of a loved one.
Wouldn't mind seeing more of movies like this.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Not a childrens movie
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.
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 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 wasn't sure about this movie when it first was released. But I saw the score on IMDB and gave it a shot. It was well worth it. The story is well written and moves along briskly, the special effects (the tree monster) are enjoyable, and, ultimately, it is a story of dealing with life's tragedies in a poignant fashion.
"A Monster Calls" is a movie that brings to mind the days you remember lying awake at night and and wondering if the "boogie man" is real. Yet, in this case, it is a young boy's mindful creation to survive a less than ideal reality. It did not leave me with an uplifting spirit but a healthy respect for what someone can do to live on.
I bought this movie on the recommendation of my wife who had read the book- I was definitely not disappointed. A Monster Calls is a phenomenal story of loss and humanity that is lifted to greater heights by the visualization of a child's imagination. It's beautiful, it's heart wrenching, and I'm happy I bought it