A Monster calls is directed by J. A. Bayona and taken from a novel written by Patrick Ness. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones who all combine together beautifully to provide us with an extremely emotional movie which deals with a young boy trying to come to terms with his mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis. Lewis MacDougal has the role of the young boy Conor O’Malley and really does an amazing job with a lot of this movies success been credited to him. Liam Neeson lend his very distinctive voice to the part of the monster who appears to Conor, this was an inspired casting choice as it fitted the situation and the message the movie was attempting to portray.

There has been a few books making its way on to the big screen over the last couple of years and very few have really worked the same way as there more successful written counterparts. A Monster Calls seems to have made the crossover quite well with a well told story which is helped largely by impressive digital animation.

a monster calls

The plot of this movies tells the story of Conor who is having a terrible time at school dealing with terrible bullying and on top of that he has to deal with the terminal cancer of his mother. Conor life is at its worse when he meets a monsters who hides in a huge Yew tree. The monster comes to tell conor stories which help the young boy to come to terms with and make some sense of why things happen in life. If you are looking for a good emotional drama then this one is a very good choice for you. Don’t worry if you find yourself getting a bit misty eyed toward the end, you definitely won’t be the only one.

Rating 4/5

By Bill Tubbritt