“A Monster Calls” is a movie about Conor O’Malley (played by Lewis MacDougall). Conor is an easily angered and very emotional young boy. You see, his mom (played by Felicity Jones) has cancer, and she is dying because the medicines for the cancer are not working anymore. As if that is not enough, he is also being physically bullied by a kid at school, and his dad (played by Toby Kebbell) lives far away from him.
One night, late, at 12:07 am to be exact, a monster appeared out of a yew tree located in a cemetery near his home and came to visit Conor. A monster (played by Liam Neeson) comes to visit, and each time it visits, it tells a story. Conor thought this was stupid and would get frustrated because he wanted the monster to go away unless it could help heal his mom.
While all of this is going on, Conor’s grandma (played by Sigourney Weaver) keeps coming over and in Conor’s mind, she is being kind of a jerk. She takes him to live with her. Conor doesn’t want to do this because it means his mom will be in the hospital again. Also, his grandma’s place is like a museum. Boring! I won’t tell you what happens, but I will just say that Conor’s emotions and his interactions with the monster creates some intricate family drama.
In reality, while Conor’s mom was dying, the monster was on a mission to get Conor to tell the truth about the fact that his mom was dying. Conor needed to do this, or he would never be able to let go and heal. The film highlights the complexities of human life.
This was a very intense and sad story. It is definitely not for little kids because there is a lot of death, the monster is pretty intense, there are extreme nightmare scenes, and to be honest, the movie made everyone cry because of the plot. I really enjoyed this movie and would recommend this movie for ages 10 and up.