‘A Monster Calls’: New Featurette Shows the Terrible True Story Behind the Fantasy

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Focus Features has revealed a new behind-the-scenes featurette for A Monster Calls movie, which details the project’s beginning going all the way back to the roots of the Patrick Ness book. As Ness describes in the video, the tale for A Monster Calls actually started from author Siobhan Dowd, who started working on the book but unfortunately passed away of cancer before she could dig into the novel in serious. Ness selected up Dowd’s original idea and written the fantasy novel that exists today, and that provides as the basis for the feature film from director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible).

Ness actually had written the script for A Monster Calls as well, and the film stars Lewis MacDougall as a 12-year-old-boy who is having trouble coming to terms with his mother’s sickness. Felicity Jones performs mom, a woman in the final stages of chemotherapy, and in order to deal (or avoid coping) with the challenge, MacDougall’s personality is visited by a giant tree from the nearby graveyard who proceeds to tell the boy three stories.

The stories within the tale are animated beautifully within the perspective of the movie, and while some people took problem with the manipulative nature of the picture, I found it moving and earnest enough to looks past some minor qualms. It is absolutely a film worth seeing, but it is also one of the most devastating tearjerkers in recent memory.

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Liam Neeson Arises from His Resting Place in the Clip from ‘A Monster Calls’ Movie

Whether critics liked or disliked it, all agreed that A Monster Calls is a tear-jerker with some fairly exceptional components. Some even compared it to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, and now you can see why in this clip from Focus Features that sees the summoning of Liam Neeson’s gargantuan tree creature.

In the video, we see the titular beast break free from his relaxing place, stomp over to the boy’s window, and proclaim, “I have come to get you, Connor.” Watch it below:

Don not be misled by the awe-inspiring visuals. You will most likely need a tissue to make it through this movie. A Monster Calls continues this storytelling trend of kids adopting a fantastical world as a way of escapism from some type of trauma. We saw it lately with Pete’s Monster and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Gifted Kids, but it goes back much further. Even Pan’s Labyrinth — perhaps now you can see why the evaluations were created — did the same principle with the young Ofelia.

A Monster Calls movie screened for media at various movie festivals ahead of its limited release on Dec 23rd, followed by a wide release on Jan 6th. Bayona will next set out to helm the follow up to Jurassic World, which has been described as a metaphor for animal cruelty.

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A Monster Calls Movie Trailer Shows Liam Neeson’s Creature

Focus Features has revealed a new movie trailer for the upcoming fantasy fable “A Monster Calls”, which stars Liam Neeson as the title imaginary creature.

A visually amazing drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona, based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel, the tale concerns 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) as he tries to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) sickness and the bullying of his class mates by getting out of into a fantastical world of creatures and fairy tales that discover bravery, loss, and trust.

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