The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks from everyone, and at home with his mother’s sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?
Genre : Drama/Fantasy
Country : USA/Spain
Lewis MacDougall : Conor
Felicity Jones : Lizzie
Liam Neeson : The Monster
“I will tell you three stories.
And when I’m done with my stories, will you tell me a fourth.
I don’t know any stories.
You will tell me a fourth and it will be the truth.”
I’m not easily impressed and rating a movie with a maximum score is an oddity for me, but the impact of “A monster calls” on me was unprecedented. And not only because of the deeper meaning behind the story of young Conor and his terminally ill mother Lizzie, but also because of the brilliant performances of Lewis MacDougall and Sigourney Weaver (Conor’s grandmother), the modest acting of Felicity Jones, the sometimes masterfully used special effects and the three profound stories told by the monster with the impressive deep voice of Liam Neeson. It’s not really surprising it turned out to be an emotionally charged story. Only the emotional parts are so pure and humane that even I, who usually looks at such moments soberly and dry-eyed, got a lump in my throat. But especially the denouement gave the story a mysterious turn. Overall, a fantastic film that deserves the maximum score.