A Monster Calls
Dir. J. A. Bayona. UK/USA, 2016. 1h 48m. Starring Lewis McDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell.
Faced with his mother’s illness, a hard-hearted grandmother, and bullies at school, a teenage boy conjures up a 40-foot tree monster to exorcise his grief and anger.
Featuring standout performances from Felicity Jones and the young Lewis McDougall, this humane tale about an enraged boy and his own sorrow is lump-in-the-throat storytelling at its most heartbreaking. This visually spectacular and stunningly emotional fantasy is based on Patrick Ness’ award-winning novel.
‘Its extraordinary power lies in the interweaving of the fantastical and the everyday.’ ★★★★ Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
‘A heart-searing drama that slides effortlessly from real life to animated tales to a monster hewn from a yew tree’ ★★★★ Kate Muir, The Times