I want to start off by saying sorry I haven’t posted in a while! I haven’t been feeling well and though I’ve been watching a lot of movies, I haven’t had the motivation to post on them. Now I will!
Title: A Monster Calls
Director: J.A. Bayona
Writer: Patrick Ness (adapted from the book of the same title and same author)
Runtime: 108 min.
Synopsis: A little boy, facing multiple tragedies, creates a monster who helps him handle each of life’s moments.
Review: Decent children’s movies can be difficult to find, and many of them seem to lack in substance. I know this isn’t an indie film, but since it’s also not one that got mountains of attention when released I figure it deserves a post! With only a few studios catering to younger audiences, kids don’t get a lot of options throughout the year. This is an exception. Filled with rich content and a plot that has an ending that wraps up like a bow, it’s a good one for a family night. Maybe not for tiny kids, as the monster may be a little frightening, but anyone over the age of 7 would enjoy it. The graphics are fascinating, and the switch between the real and whimsical world are amazing. It didn’t pull me out for a moment, it kept me following non stop.
Dealing with trauma can be difficult for children, and they have to find ways to cope. This exploration is a look at one way in which a child may do that. In the case of the story, the boy is going through about a million terrible things at once, but even the smallest travesty for a small child has to be coped with one way or another. This is just a look into one kid, but I feel it could be useful to parents with kids who are experiencing a lot whether it’s bullying, a family death, etc etc.
Overall I totally recommend this one for anyone who wants a film that isn’t overly violent and has a very poignant ending. It’s extremely heart felt, and though sad is filled with a lot of happy moments.
If you’re interested, check the trailer out here
Or, rent it now from your local Redbox!
Image is a still shot from the film and therefore being cited below:
A Monster Calls. Dir. J. A. Bayona. Perf. Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson. Focus Features, 2016. DVD.