After you endure the poor casting, unrealistic dialogue and unbelievable interactions between the mother-daughter duo, you're not too concerned once it tries to become a monster movie - metaphorical or otherwise. Snooze, pass.
The unfortunate recent trend of horror movies having metaphorical monsters continues!
The Babadook: the monster is a manifestation of grief! Lights Out: the monster is a figment of the mother's sick mind! Under The Shadow: the monster represents the terror of war and/or the terror of living under an oppressive regime! The monster in The Monster is the mother's monstrous addiction! Next: A Monster Calls and Colossal!
A relationship between a mother and a daughter can be so painful. But, no matter how painful it is, a daughter always want to be with her mother, until to the point that she needs to walk into another step of her life, adolescence.
Dull in a cute way, although with an interesting curve within the family drama and the symbolic use of the monster as a possibility; not quite an elaborate metaphor but an effective one. And some cinematographic moments too. To watch and forget.
Bertino fails again with two movies crammed into one where none of the parts work. The domestic drama bit could have worked on it´s own due to terrific actors and some heartbreaking scenes of parental abuse and neglect. But paired with a haphazard monster flick which is as boring as it gets, the whole movie tanks. I feel bad for Kazan and Ballentine who puts in a valiant effort only to be let down by a hack director.
The already minimal monster's screen time should have been even shorter since it looked very predictable and unpleasant. The acting wasn't a problem; at least, not as much as the sense that the monster storyline was unecessary. The emotional ride was the centerpiece.