Bayona's third feature marries the atmospheric dread of 'The Orphanage' with the muted sentimentality of 'The Impossible' in this tale of a young boy coming to terms with his anger over his dying mother. A strange mix of melancholy and digital effects is achieved in this adaptation of the children's lit made special by a strong turn by young Lewis Macdougall and the apt voice casting of Neeson. Yet something lacks.
Giving the audience an aching lesson in brutal honesty rather than false hope, A Monster Calls is a fable that tells (or reminds) us the hard way that there is no magical solution to suffering, nor is there a problem with grieving. The admittedly drab aesthetic can wear on you after a while, but the moving and somewhat spiritual climax throws away a lot of what you've come to expect from this recently common genre.
"A Monster Calls" takes us on a beautifully animated discovery of a young boy's suffering who's mother is dying of cancer. It handles its theme in a way not much common to this genre, with truthfulness and clarity. There's is no easy way to deal with loss, and pretending it isn't happening is a way to do so, but everyone knows reality slaps you in the face. The final scene is idiotic and the movie is very predictable
When the nightmares calls you at nite,must know that the dark is not that bad at all.It can reveal you things and new paths and learn you how the demons need to be slayed or contained for a better you.Speak the truth always,seek for the truth.Remember you're not strange but you're not the same.
This movie touched my heart and made me cry and it felt so good.Great storyline,very intense and so powerfull visually.
Emotionally mature, understated fantasy film which has to teach us much more about life, growing up and coming of age than immature "artistic" duds such as Moonlight. With perfect performances by most of the cast.
J.A. Bayona's third feature proves once again that the director is a visionary when it comes to creating a dramatic atmosphere. The tragic coming-of-age story of Connor O'Malley takes an innovative blend of fantasy and drama, laced with very dark story elements. Despite the darkness of it, overall it's a very life-affirming story.