A Monster Calls

January 3rd, 2017


A Monster Calls

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A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mom's terminal illness.

Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.7/10 (4,419 voted)

Critic's Score: 77/100

Director: J.A. Bayona

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Lewis MacDougall

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother's sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

Writers: Patrick Ness, Patrick Ness

Lewis MacDougall - Conor
Sigourney Weaver - Grandma
Felicity Jones - Mum
Toby Kebbell - Dad
Ben Moor - Mr. Clark
James Melville - Harry
Oliver Steer - Sully
Dominic Boyle - Anton
Jennifer Lim - Miss Kwan
Max Gabbay - Steven
Morgan Symes - Lawyer
Max Golds - 5-Year-Old Connor
Frida Palsson - Lily's Mum
Wanda Opalinska - Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart - Teacher

Taglines: Stories are wild creatures.


Official Website: Official site

Country: UK, USA, Spain, Canada

Language: English

Release Date: 6 January 2017

Filming Locations: Colne Valley High School, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England

Box Office Details

Budget: $43,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?

This is the third character voiced in a "A List" movie by Liam Neeson. Previously he voiced lion Aslan in the Narnia's trilogy The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). Later, he voiced Good Cop/Bad Cop in The Lego Movie (2014). See more »

Conor and his mom watch a 16mm print of the original "King Kong." But when she threads the projector, we can clearly see the film is color, not black-and-white. See more »

User Review


Rating: 10/10

As a fan of J.A. Bayona's previous work "The Impossible", I had fairly high expectations for this and to say that I am astonished would be an understatement. "A Monster Calls" is based on the book that Patrick Ness published in 2011. After this breathtaking adventure I assure you, You will be inclined to read the book. As this is an adventure that builds on your emotions and thrives on your imagination. Conner is a young man that is trying to cope with the fact that his mother who is diagnosed with a terminal illness isn't long for this world. But as his mind races with fears and his imagination takes hold, he creates a creature that would give adults nightmares, But as he realizes the creature is friendly, He grows close to the "monster".

This is one of those movies that must be seen in theaters, mainly because it's two hours of escape from reality, where you can turn the page back, to a time where your imagination used to run wild. A time when, your biggest responsibilities were picking up your socks. In other words, a time when you were really free.


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