A MONSTER CALLS
As adults we understand that it is necessary to work our way through difficult situations at times. Conflict, hurt, and loss are part of life but think about how much bigger they are when it involves a child. As a child I experienced conflict with my sister, I was bullied in school, and I fought my way through experiences I would rather not remember. My father passed away when I was 14 and life as I knew it turned upside down and inside out. I yearned for someone that would understand, someone who could take the pain away, someone that could make things better. I remember the hurt in my mother’s eyes and now that I am a parent, I understand it. I will do anything in my power to keep my little one protected from all the ugly in the world but someday, she too will have to work her way through.
What if there was someone … or something … out there to help her along the way?
A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a Monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Toby Kebbell plays Conor’s father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title.
Director: J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible,” “The Orphanage”)
Writer: Patrick Ness, based on his novel A Monster Calls
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson
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* Photos and video courtesy of Focus Features.