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.