This could be something like a modern version of a film from Carlos Saura or Victor Erice : a coming of age story of a disturbed child with its struggles and its poetic imagination and fears. But Bayona did not learn its lesson from the past and traded the subtlety of it for big special effects, heavy metaphors. The animated sequences (the tales) are nonetheless a beauty. The drama itself is hard to digest.
Not my cup of tea. Due to various reasons: 1- children should not take part in any commercial or non-commercial business 2- fairy tales are boring since very much predictable 3- overly sentimental 4- who is the audience & interested to see a 12 year old child to find the courage to believe in himself, to deal with loss and find the truth about his grief? Teenagers? Adults? Probably both not.
"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.
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.