Film Review | A Monster Calls🌳

‘Humans are complicated beasts. You believe comforting lies, while knowing full well the painful truth that makes those lies necessary.’


My friend recommended that I watch ‘A Monster Calls’ and it did not disappoint. I haven’t read the book written by Patrick Ness, however I had watched YouTuber Zoe‘s review the book as it was part of Zoella’s book club represented by WHSmith. 

After watching her review, she made me fall in love with the book and I desperately wanted to read it, however I just didn’t get round to it. This is definitely a film you need to get the tissues at the ready for. 

Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a 12 year old boy that lives at home with his terminally ill mother. He struggles with bullies at school on a daily basis and has no friends he can turn to during this fragile time in his life. One night, Conor seeks comfort in a Monster (Liam Neeson) that takes the form of a giant yew tree. The monster takes Conor through a triology of stories, each one teaching Conor valuable life lessons and in turn helping him face his own nightmare that will evitably become reality. 

Directed by J. A. Bayona, the entire film is stunningly beautiful and the story is one of the most emotionally powerful ones I have seen in a long time. You can sense from the opening sequence and throughout the film how the story will end however it doesn’t make viewing any easier. 

Lewis MacDougall portrays the emotional rollercoaster and inner demons that this 12 year old boy faces in such a way that you would believe he has been a professional actor for years. In reality this is only his second ever film.

This film is such a heartbreaking emotional one and I truly didn’t expect to cry as much as I did (even though I had been warned prior) and it is definitely a must-see film. 


Rating: 10/10

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