A Monster Calls has its strong moments but not enough to make this a good movie
I am a fan of fantasy films. They can take viewers on amazing journeys to exotic lands. They can have characters with strong abilities and monsters that can chill you to the bone. A Monster Calls is not this type of film. The journey it wants to take people on is a different one. I was able to see it early and here is what I thought of it.
You can read the plot for A Monster Calls here:
12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) 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.
I liked A Monster Calls, but I didn’t love it. The film starts off real strong yet as it progresses this momentum is lost. I am not sure why this happened, but the film pays dearly for it. What starts off as a wonderful tale becomes slow, boring and predictable. If you want to learn more about A Monster Calls head over to this website.
A Monster Calls gets 5/10. The film has a good cast, great special effects and a strong plot, but sadly this wasn’t enough to make this a good movie. The final acts hurt this film the most. I really didn’t like the ending, it is open to multiple interpretations when it should have been done a different way. Overall this is not a film worth paying to see this weekend.