Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Monster Calls (2016)

Director: J.A. Bayona

Stars: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson

Conor is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother. His father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.

So far, this is the best movie that I have seen from last year. This movie did not do well in the US, because foreign movies never do. This movie is in English. It is from the UK, and it still did not do that well. Just ignore all of that, because this is one of those movies that you have been waiting for. You know, a good movie.

This story is so intense with different levels to the story dealing with all of the different relationships. You have the boy dealing with his mother, grandmother and the monster. The conversations all have different intensities depending on whom his is speaking to. The level of emotion is constantly taking you for a roller coaster ride, so you can see how he is feeling. He is having to handle so much in his young life.

I loved the cast and the characters in this movie. Sigourney Weaver is the biggest name in the movie, but she is not in the movie that much. Who knew that she could do a good proper English accent? She was great in this movie. Felicity Jones was great as the mother. You had sympathy for her. She was so sick and frail. I am not a fan of kids in movies, but this boy was wonderful in this movie. I was really impressed with his performance in the movie. The monster stole the show. Liam Neeson was the voice of the monster, but he brought that character to life.

The best part of the movie was the special effects. Each time the monster told a story the screen would be filled with nothing but beautiful colorful image filling the every space to tell this wonderful story. The digital brush strokes of color were child like, but they help the audience wrap themselves in the story. The creation of the monster looked like the tree really did come to life. At first just watching this monster come from this tree, you would think that it was real, and this monster was going to tear this little boy and his home apart. Tat tree monster comes to life in this movie. They did a great job of creating this creature. Every single part of the monster is detail with all of these branches and twigs covering the entire body.

Out of all of the movies from 2016, this is the one that you need to see. It is one of the best movies from that year. I am being honest. I really did not see anything wrong with this movie. This is even one of those movies that you may want to add to your collection. You just may want to get some tissues out before you watch it. I am just warning you. Enjoy.

A Monster Calls (2016) Trailer

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