A dark drama of a boy trying to cope with his mother’s terminal illness. ‘A Monster Calls’ is filled with stunning imagery that is entirely let down by its oversimplified script. The intended audience is unclear, as observed of the boy Conor (Lewis MacDougall), the quote expands to relate to the movie itself “a boy too old to be a kid, too young to be a man”. The dark themes would likely lead to nightmares in many children, however, the writing appears simplified as if intended for kids. The acting is also sub-par, including a rather disappointing performance by Grandma Sigourney Weaver. A coming-of-age story that will engross you visually, but will have you often snapping back to reality with poor performances and redundant lines. *S.A.* Pay close attention to those small details; you’ll notice the framed photograph that appears several times of the dying mother (Felicity Jones) as a child with her father, features none other than the voice of the tree itself, Liam Neeson. I’ll leave you to reach your own conclusion on that observation.

Reminds me of:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar children
  • Harry Potter
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Where the Wild Things Are