Intriguing and full of beautiful animation and art, “A Monster Calls” is based on a Young Adult novel about a boy who is dealing with his mother’s treatment for cancer.
Sigourney Weaver is extraordinary as the boy’s grandmother while Lewis MacDougall gives a very moving performance as Conor, the boy.
Liam Neeson’s distinctive voice gives weight to the remarkable tree monster who visits Conor. Is the monster real? Or are the illness, bullying at school and difficult relationships with both his father and grandmother driving him to bad dreams?
Felicity Jones plays the mother, but she doesn’t have much to do, except in flashback scenes to happier times.
Yes, your emotions are manipulated as they are by so many films. But the quality of the art and the original ideas on offer here make it intriguing to watch.
It wins bonus points for being a refreshing watch that’s under two hours long.
If you’re interested in art, there are many visual joys here.
The audience at Stratford East Picturehouse all appeared to be very moved by it, as was I.