A Monster Calls Movie Review

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Melanie Kibler

The same director that brought audiences The Orphanage now brings to the screen a story about a lonely boy with a dying mother.  Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a preteen boy whose mother (Felicity Jones) is dying.  

Conor feels that his life has been cheated from him because he hasn’t been able to be a kid since his mom got sick.  He accidentally calls a monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) to come and talk to him at night.  

This monster tells him stories about people’s lives and, in exchange, Connor must tell the monster his story.

The other part of this movie focuses on Conor’s life at home when his mother has to go to the hospital.  He is taken into the care of his child-hating grandmother (Sigourney Weaver).

While he is there, his father (Toby Kebbell), who divorced Conor’s mother, comes and visits.  Conor is also bullied at school because of his mother’s condition.

This movie rated a 4 on the Kibby Movie Scale.  It was a cute and sad movie but it lacked something that’s difficult to pinpoint.

The movie is based off of a book by the same title written by Patrick Ness.  Like all movies, it was different from the book, but there weren’t any huge differences.

The setting of the movie is present-day England.  The beautiful animation made the monster seem realistic

The cast and their acting was pretty amazing but there were just a couple of little things that they could have done better.  An example of this is that Sigourney Weaver talks slower than usual because she is focusing on her British accent.

This movie is a great overall and, in order to avoid missing out on a unusual story, should be seen.