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 stated of the boy himself "a boy too old to be a kid, too young to be a man", the dark themes would cause nightmares in most children, however the writing appears dumbed-down as if intended for juveniles. The acting is also subpar, including a rather disappointing performance by 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.

Reminds me of:

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