A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

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Twelve-year-old Conor, dealing with his mother's illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.

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jacqui_a Nov 02, 2018

Like most film adaptations of books, A Monster Calls has to leave out a lot of secondary character development and compress the plot, to its own detriment. Pacing issues and plot holes aside, I did sob non-stop for the last half hour of the film, so bonus points if you enjoy sad movies. This fil... Read More »


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Ephriam
Jan 04, 2019

A great movie that explains about the conflict of death for the people that are left behind. The boy's imagination allows himself to come to terms and actually accept the fact that his beloved mother who has been the main guardian of him is dying and terminally ill. The monster is actually the boys alter ego which is brought forth because of the stress of his mother's condition as well as the stress that he will now be forced to change his living arrangements as his father will now become his guardian. People who had lost someone significant by a terminal illness would mostly be able to relate to the emotional tidal wave that you suppress at the time for the fact of others.

jacqui_a Nov 02, 2018

Like most film adaptations of books, A Monster Calls has to leave out a lot of secondary character development and compress the plot, to its own detriment. Pacing issues and plot holes aside, I did sob non-stop for the last half hour of the film, so bonus points if you enjoy sad movies. This film seems to have been marketed as a children's story, but be warned - if your kids want to watch this, watch it by yourself first and be prepared to have frank discussions about death and losing a parent.

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mbuechert
Oct 11, 2018

Beautifully made, very well acted, and good theme. NOT FOR KIDS, though. I thought it would be a light fantasy, but it is very dark and intense, not in a horror-movie way, but in a "dealing with the horrors of real life" kind of way. If you watch it with children or teens, be prepared.

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airjordanz26
Aug 31, 2018

here's my take on the movie called a monster calls. i think it was great because i liked the voice over by liam neeson. i really enjoyed it myself and it made me cry like a little school girl. i would definetly recommend it to a friend or a family member.

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wth_this_sucks
May 27, 2018

A heart felt movie with beautiful visuals and wonderful acting.
Has a beautiful message but could be quite depressing to some as it is about dealing with the eventual loss of someone dear

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kpelish
May 16, 2018

Good and sensitive depiction of a boy managing his grief and anger over his mom's illness, as well as the disconnects with his reserved grandmother and his far away father. The artists' hand-drawn scenes incorporate his imaginary stories in terrific style, with Liam Neeson playing the monster...that isn't quite a monster. Their shared storytelling starts to paint a path of resolution for him.

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admaggies
May 01, 2018

Very well done but not for younger children. If you need a good cry it's an 8 tissue ending .

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INVS
Mar 30, 2018

I liked it, but must admit, some of these 'stories' just don't click in my brain & those finer points are lost. Loved Liam as the monster voice, really excellent. The graphics were also excellent, so realistic.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 23, 2018

A Monster Calls is a stunning movie that brings to life the beauty and sorrow of the book by Patrick Ness. This movie follows a young boy named Connor, a nightmare and a monster that comes to visit him each night with a strange method. I found this book to be very similar to the book and the monster portrayed by Liam Neeson was my favourite character, although each role was played wonderfully by all the actors.

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lchuyber
Feb 13, 2018

Honestly I thought the movie was a little hard to follow, and the filming was very dark. Wouldn't watch again.

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wth_this_sucks
May 27, 2018

wth_this_sucks thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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BarryYYC
Nov 12, 2017

BarryYYC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Saint_Mirin
Apr 14, 2017

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wth_this_sucks
May 27, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Intense scenes with the monster and mum. Some monster scenes may be a bit frightening for younger audiences

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kpelish
May 16, 2018

Violence: Artistic storytelling briefly notes deaths/murders.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2017

Who is the good guy here?
-There is not always a good guy, Conor O'Malley ... Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.
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A man of faith without faith. Believe is half of all healing. Belief in the cure, believe in the future that awaits. Your faith is valuable ... so you have to be careful where you put it and in whom.
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It was not that he was actually invisible. It was just that people had become used to not seeing him.
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***Spoiler Alert***

Con, are you listening? One day, if you look back and you feel bad for being so angry you couldn't even speak to me, you have to know that that was okay, that I knew. Because I know everything you need to tell me without you having to say it out loud. And if you need to break things, by God, you break them. Break them, good and hard. And I'll be right there, Con. I wish I had a hundred years. A hundred years I could give to you.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2017

***Spoiler Alert***
Lessons learned:

How can both be true?
-How can a prince be a murderer and be loved by his people? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen? I don't know.
-Your stories never made any sense to me.
Because humans are complicated beasts. You believe comforting lies while knowing full well the painful truth that makes those lies necessary. In the end, Conor, it is not important what you think. It is only important what you do.
-So what do I do?
What you did just now. You speak the truth.
-That's all?
You think it's easy? You were willing to die rather than speak it.

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wth_this_sucks
May 27, 2018

Heartrending adaptation explores the enormity of grief.

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