A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

DVD - 2017
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Twelve-year-old Conor, dealing with his mother's illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC MON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, DVS Dolby Digital 2.0, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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kpelish
May 16, 2018

Good and sensitive depiction of a boy managing his grief and anger over his mom's illness, as well as the disconnects with his reserved grandmother and his far away father. The artists' hand-drawn scenes incorporate his imaginary stories in terrific style, with Liam Neeson playing the monster...that isn't quite a monster. Their shared storytelling starts to paint a path of resolution for him.

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admaggies
May 01, 2018

Very well done but not for younger children. If you need a good cry it's an 8 tissue ending .

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INVS
Mar 30, 2018

I liked it, but must admit, some of these 'stories' just don't click in my brain & those finer points are lost. Loved Liam as the monster voice, really excellent. The graphics were also excellent, so realistic.

LoganLib_Kirra Mar 23, 2018

A Monster Calls is a stunning movie that brings to life the beauty and sorrow of the book by Patrick Ness. This movie follows a young boy named Connor, a nightmare and a monster that comes to visit him each night with a strange method. I found this book to be very similar to the book and the monster portrayed by Liam Neeson was my favourite character, although each role was played wonderfully by all the actors.

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lchuyber
Feb 13, 2018

Honestly I thought the movie was a little hard to follow, and the filming was very dark. Wouldn't watch again.

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duane767
Dec 31, 2017

Impressive movie all around! I can't think of too much to criticize about it. A good movie for kids and adults alike to watch and discuss after.

Franln Dec 08, 2017

The young lead actor was quite fantastic! I thought it was just gonna be a story of a monster defending a kid from bullies, but it was really about dealing with the prolonged illness and death of his mother so it ended up being more of a sad drama than a fun tale. Good movie though.

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trcookIIImddmd
Nov 12, 2017

The moving story of a young Dylan Kliebold, before the shooting, when Zoloft might have done some good.

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BarryYYC
Nov 12, 2017

Very touching film. Even though animated it is not suitable for younger children due to the subject matter. Have a hankie handy.

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mr_chocolate
Oct 31, 2017

Great movie dealing with real emotions of a troubled world for a 12-year-old, played brilliantly by Connor (Lewis Macdougall). The grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), the mum (Felicity Jones), Dad (Toby Kebbell), and the Monster/Green Man (Liam Neeson) also are brilliant in the cast. The Monster is a more menacing tree than Groot (Guardians), but also plays a critical role.
This was based upon a story by Siobhan Dowd, but died of Cancer before she finished it, which was turned into a novel and screen play by Patrick Ness.
This reminded my a bit of the (2006) film, Pan's Labrynth, also of a story dealing with trauma through fantasy. This film captures that mixture brilliantly.
The 20 minute bonus feature of The Making of A Monster Calls, is worth the time.

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BarryYYC
Nov 12, 2017

BarryYYC thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Saint_Mirin
Apr 14, 2017

Saint_Mirin thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2017

Who is the good guy here?
-There is not always a good guy, Conor O'Malley ... Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.
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A man of faith without faith. Believe is half of all healing. Belief in the cure, believe in the future that awaits. Your faith is valuable ... so you have to be careful where you put it and in whom.
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It was not that he was actually invisible. It was just that people had become used to not seeing him.
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***Spoiler Alert***

Con, are you listening? One day, if you look back and you feel bad for being so angry you couldn't even speak to me, you have to know that that was okay, that I knew. Because I know everything you need to tell me without you having to say it out loud. And if you need to break things, by God, you break them. Break them, good and hard. And I'll be right there, Con. I wish I had a hundred years. A hundred years I could give to you.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2017

***Spoiler Alert***
Lessons learned:

How can both be true?
-How can a prince be a murderer and be loved by his people? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen? I don't know.
-Your stories never made any sense to me.
Because humans are complicated beasts. You believe comforting lies while knowing full well the painful truth that makes those lies necessary. In the end, Conor, it is not important what you think. It is only important what you do.
-So what do I do?
What you did just now. You speak the truth.
-That's all?
You think it's easy? You were willing to die rather than speak it.

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kpelish
May 16, 2018

Violence: Artistic storytelling briefly notes deaths/murders.

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