A Monster Calls is a stunning screen production of the award-winning book penned by Patrick Ness. He also provided the screenplay for the film. The story challenges you to look at fear, loss and heartbreaking grief. The main character is a thirteen-year-old boy whose mother is terminally ill. As she battles the final stages of cancer he spends all of his spare time caring for her whilst facing difficulties at school also. These crippling emotions stir a magical visit from an ancient Yew Tree that forces the boy to face his truths.
This is a masterpiece of storytelling. Ness translates his book to the screen in a beautifully balanced way taking the audience on an emotional ride. Delving deep into your imagination you are pushed to face some truths of your own along the way. J. A. Bayona directs the film and provides a truly magical film that is a completely extraordinary experience.
The casting is close to perfection. Liam Neeson does a great job providing the voice of the monsterous Yew Tree. Sigourney Weaver also gives a powerful performance. But the real stand out performances come from Lewis MacDougall and Felicity Jones.
A Monster Calls can be quite challenging at times and could be a little too much for some younger viewers. But all in all, this is by far one of the best films I have seen in years. The CGI is brilliant with a great balance of animation that is weaved into the story sections. Be warned, have plenty of tissues at the ready as this emotionally powerful movie is guaranteed to pull a few tears in a beautiful way.