Overall Rank: 1970
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 30
Theatrical Release Date: 12/23/2016
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/28/2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: J.A. Bayona
Actors: Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall, Geraldine Chaplin, Sigourney Weaver
Plot: Connor is dealing with a lot in life - bullies in school, a mother with a terminal illness and seemingly nothing but pity from everyone else. But when tree monster comes calling, it may spell hope - until is asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. -- Chris Kavan
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/17/2019
It may be too surreal, complex, and even scary for a younger audience, but that might not even be this dark fantasy's preferred demographic.
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Andulamb - wrote on 10/02/2020
A boy gets his mind off his dying mother by creating an imaginary friend in the form of a giant monster Groot. The friendship starts off on the wrong foot/root when Grootzilla rudely demands a story swap, although he does offer a generous three-to-one exchange rate. Grootzilla then visits the boy every night to share his next tale, at the odd time of 12:07 a.m. for no reason whatsoever. The movie trudges through Grootzilla's stories about all the times it saved the day with actions rather than storytelling, with the lessons from those stories being shoehorned into all of the boy's problems except for that of his dying mother, and with frequent reminders that the boy's mother is dying. All ends well when the boy discovers his mother's shared love of unnecessary CGI.
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 01/31/2017
"I will tell you three stories. And when I'm done with my stories, will you tell me a fourth. I don't know any stories. You will tell me a fourth and it will be the truth."
I'm not easily impressed and rating a movie with a maximum score is an oddity for me, but the impact of "A monster calls" on me was unprecedented. And not only because of the deeper meaning behind the story of young Conor and his terminally ill mother Lizzie, but also because of the brilliant performances of Lewis MacDougall and Sigourney Weaver (Conor's grandmother), the modest acting of Felicity Jones, the sometimes masterfully used special effects and the three profound stories told by the monster with the impressive deep voice of Liam Neeson. It's not really surprising it turned out to be an emotionally charged …
Matthew Brady - wrote on 11/13/2016
LIFF30 2016 #2
“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”
Before seeing the movie, I didn't know much about "A Monster Calls". The only information I got from it is that it's based on Patrick Ness novel and the trailer had a "Iron Giant" vibe to it. I also liked the director (Juan Antonio Bayona) previous movies, so I guess that's what peaked my interest in seeing it. And I came out pretty surprised of how good it was. Not just that, but how moving and heartfelt it was.
Juan Antonio Bayona is the type of director that knows how to tell a compelling story in his films. To screw lose the sentiment, until your eyes are filled with water to the point where you can't help but spill out. And in this movie he dose exactly …
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