A Monster Calls

Posted on January 9, 2017


A Monster Calls – Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall), with a mother (Felicity Jones)who’s dying of cancer, a strict grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) he doesn’t get along with, and a dad (Tony Kebbell) who loves him but is busy with his new family in California, is understandably angry. The fact that he’s bullied at school just adds to it. He has nightmares that seem to represent his world crumbling around him.

A large tree outside his window turns into a huge monster (Liam Neeson), not quite the Big Friendly Giant, who tells Conor stories to help guide him and teach him how to cope with the situation he’s about to face. The graphics used to depict these stores are amazing.

Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, this is a fantasy with truths about life and death, the lies we tell ourselves, and under the right circumstances, maybe we all have a little bit of monster in us. Liam Neeson is fantastic in this.