Watch: A Monster Calls 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Conor, and it asks for the one thing Conor 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 Conor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Conor be able to speak the truth?.
Plot: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
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This is a very enjoyable tale. It’s targeted to younger viewers, and therefore the characters are not at all complex. In spite of that shortcoming from an adult’s POV, the overall effect is wonderful and emotional. Definitely worth the time.
**It’s not a hateful or forgettable movie, but it’s far from being lively or happy.**
Despite its weaknesses, I confess I liked this film, and that maybe comes from the fact that it touched me personally. Being a film that is so focused on the pain of losing someone dear, on how a person faces situations of suffering and manages to digest it, it was a film that cost me a little to watch because I also lost a very dear person recently. I expected a more cheerful film with a more lively tone. That, yes, partially frustrated my expectations, and I believe that other people will also say the same. However, I cannot say that I hated what I saw.
In fact, the script focuses on a young teenager who has to live his day-to-day life, at school and at home, while mentally and psychologically preparing himself for the imminent orphanhood, as his mother is very ill and, we know it, will die soon. And in the midst of all this, he ends up imagining, in a very realistic way, a big monster that comes to visit him and that forces him to deal with the feelings he is feeling, and to deal with situations, and also with a grandmother with who has relationship problems.
Directed by J.A. Bayona is a relatively average film. The script is predictable, the “monster-tree” is something we’ve seen in other films, but it’s always a good idea, especially if it’s supposed to be a wise and ancient monster, as is the case here. Lewis MacDougall is the young man who will have the lead role in the film, and he does it quite well, even though the script is not very demanding on him. I also enjoyed Felicity Jones’ performance, even though the actress doesn’t really have much to do. And I feel sorry for Sigourney Weaver, because she’s a good actress in the wrong role. It was a massive casting error, and it would have been preferable to cast a genuinely British actress in the role, rather than an American with a notoriously faked accent.
Technically, the highlight obviously goes to the CGI, which is good enough and does an interesting job, especially in the scenes where the tree “awakens” to move and reveal its real appearance. I also liked the soundtrack, even if it’s not the most memorable or interesting, and the cinematography, which does its job flawlessly. Liam Neeson was, once again, responsible for the voice of the monster. The actor is already a veteran of dubbing and has given voice to many fantastic characters in other films, so it was a sure bet for the production.
Yew can do it
I don’t know who you would market this movie to. It’s not a kid’s movie, tho it tries very hard to look like one. It’s not an adult movie (a boy and a talking tree), tho its themes certainly are mature. Both child and adult will squirm under the relentless emotional requirement with only a faint wisp of humor to lighten things up. Melancholy overload anyone? No?
But if you make it to the end, you’ll have received an unexpected cathartic cleansing and a life lesson in your pocket that is hard, but beautiful in its truth.
Once you stop blubbering, that is.
Devestatingly uplifing and poignant
A MONSTER CALLS (2016) ***1/2 Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebell, (voice of Liam Neeson), Geraldine Chaplin. Poignant fantasy coming-of-age story with newcomer MacDougall (scary good) as a bedeviled adolescent plagued by bullying, a cold grandmother (defrosting Weaver) and the terrible plight of losing his long-suffering, dying mom (Jones very strong), who discovers his creative sparks summons a ginormous tree creature (voiced and motion-captured performed by the always welcome Neeson whose baritone suggest from a tomb) who comes to the lad’s aid by telling him three tales in exchange for one final one. Wonderfully directed by J.A. Bayona with a true visionary’s eye including some wonderful animation of the aforementioned fables and a clear-eyed and heartrending screenplay by Patrick Ness based on his novel inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
Director J.A. Bayona
Writer Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
Actors Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones
Country United Kingdom, Spain, United States
Awards 39 wins & 57 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa XT, Hawk V-Lite, V-Lite Vintage ’74 and V-Plus Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format Codex ARRIRAW, SxS ProRes 4:4:4 (3.2K)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Hawk Scope (anamorphic) (source format)
Printed Film Format D-Cinema