A Monster Calls (2017)
When a young 12 year old boy is faced with school bullies, a grandmother who isn’t exactly excited to be around him, and the notion that his mother will die soon of cancer, a monster made of a giant tree comes and allows this boy to cope with the changing world around him and find his true feelings.
In what feels similar to Pan’s Labyrinth, A Monster Calls feeds on the fact that this is how a child would deal with the “adult world” around him. He manifests a monster that allows him to deal with his emotions in a matter-of-fact way. The monster is his friend but also his mentor, and at times, it seems like he isn’t there to help the boy at all. The boy is forced to grow up much earlier than any child should and the monster is setting him up to be in the best position to find out his true feelings on the subjects at hand.
As far as a movie goes, don’t get me wrong, this movie is wonderfully told and full of important messages and heart-felt moments, but holy cow is this movie depressing. From bullies, to cancer, to a monster than tells sad stories, this movie has little in terms of uplifting and happy moments. This movie is for older teenagers (definitely not for kids under 10) who need to see what other aspects of life can teach us. It can also be used to teach those of us who are more fortunate in life about how different other people’s lives might be. A Monster Calls is definitely a “coming of age film” and will cause anyone who watches it to cry their eyes out.
At the end of the day, this movie gives you the same sadness when Little Foot’s mother dies in The Land Before Time but throughout the whole movie! I understand movies with tough and sad elements, but when a movie is as daunting and a beat down as this one is, I don’t get why people want to watch these tear-jerkers. As I said before, I know this movie was well created and send its message loud and clear, I just don’t know who wants to deliberately watch a 2 hour depressing movie. That is just me, but I know others will appreciate this much more than I did. I just like happy tales when it comes to children. I also know that isn’t the way of the world and sometimes children have to figure out life in their own way. Starring Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson.
5/10 Stars – This is a well-made and well-told movie, but the sadness and depressing features of the story are enough to make me weary to recommend this to a lot of people.