“A Monster Calls” brings audiences to tears


Staff Writer

A Monster Calls is a movie starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson based off of the best selling novel A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.

       A Monster Calls follows a kid named Connor (MacDougall) and his Mom (Jones) throughout his mother’s battle with cancer and the problems that arise with it. When ConNor’s father tells him they are moving to America from the United Kingdom, he takes the news badly and starts expressing his anger outside, which awakens a tree monster in his backyard. The boy and the tree monster, voiced by Neeson, become friends and their friendship helps Connor cope with his mom’s illness and school bullies.

       This movie has a great emotional vibe to it and was made well considering it was not a film with a big budget and not many people heard about.

I really enjoyed the movie” said freshman Juan Gallardo “It had a great emotional aspect to it.”

A Monster Calls surprised many people because the production company did not do a great job of advertising. However, since the screenwriter was also the author of the book, the movie was detailed and very similar to the novel, a quality that many movies fail to do.

      This was a strong film with a great emotional pull, and Liam Neeson was the perfect voice actor for the monster. A Monster Calls movie teaches people about how to deal with loss and grief through reworked examples such as illness and bullying. People who have dealt with similar issues or looking for a heart felt film should definitely consider watching this movie.

photo courtesy: Focus Feature


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