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A Monster Calls


The story is about Conor O'Malley (played by a very talented Lewis MacDougall); a troubled, estranged and artistically gifted adolescent boy, who keeps having recurring nightmares of the world falling apart under his feet. One night he is visited by a tree monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) who promises Conor three visits and three stories in exchange for "the truth" (his nightmare and biggest fear).

Conor is severely bullied at school and as the story unfolds we understand that his mother (beautifully played by Felicity Jones) is seriously ill. With a fairly absent father (Toby Kebbnell) living across the Atlantic, Conor is forced to go and live with his rather stern and old fashioned grandmother (Sigourney Weaver).

The tree monster's stories are told in water coloured animation and like all fairytales it also has a very important message with a lesson to learn.

The story shifts from fantastical fairy tale to the heartbreaking, horrible truth of Conor's reality.

I was absolutely spellbound and moved by this beautiful film that could possibly risk being on the border to sentimental, but managed to balance it perfectly. I was completely swept away.

The visuals and the storytelling is almost like a concoction between "Pan's Labyrinth" and "A Christmas Carol".

It's an absolutely stunning film about grief and fear of loss. How we deal and cope with a truth that we don't want to accept.

It will make you weep and cry and revisit your childhood's worst nightmare, but it will all be worth it. It's good! Rating: 
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UK Release Date: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017
USA Release Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016