MOVIE REVIEW: A MONSTER CALLS (J.A. Bayona, 2016)

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About a boy that occasionally lived in a fantasy world to escape the harsh realities of his sad life that included a sick mother, a loathing grandmother, and an absentee father.

The transitions between the actual world and the glorious animated landscapes were superb. I was easily drawn to the fairy tales that may or may not have been manifestations of the boy’s depression.

In a cast that had such fine performances (Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, the voice of Liam Neeson), it was Lewis MacDougall that delivered the heartbreak and pain in a breakthrough role, reminiscent of last year’s Jacob Tremblay.

The humans here were indeed complicated beasts and by the time someone spoke the truth, I was sobbing loudly in my seat.

Bring a box of tissues.

Rating: ★★★★★

(Originally published November 2, 2016.)

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