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A Monster Calls Review: A Respectful Adaptation

A Monster Calls Review: A Respectful Adaptation

The visual effects are impressive, with a believable towering yew tree. He possesses both a sense of wonder and danger, just like what a creature in a tale ought to be.

He’s voiced by Liam Neeson who’s a perfect fit for the role. Lewis MacDougall nails every scene he’s in, but the rest of the cast ought not to be discounted. Sigourney Weaver makes a memorable turn as the grandmother despite little screen time.

While the technical elements of the movie paint a bleak yet relatable world that we all could learn from, the story that looks enchanting in a book doesn’t translate well to the screen.

In the book, the monster provides intriguing illustrations that readers would love and stands as a clever literary idea in a story for children. However, in the movie, his purpose is an unnecessary motif in a family drama that’s already effective by itself. He forces Conor to admit the truth, but it’s never clear what exactly is at stake here and what he would do if the child refuses.

Nonetheless, fans of the book will enjoy a decent adaptation, which is a rare feat. A Monster Calls offers a relatable portrayal of the stages of grief through the personal journey of a child.

A Monster Calls


A Monster Calls is a decent adaptation for book fans would love thanks to great performances and impressive CGI.

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