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A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness.

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Cast

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Conor
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Grandma
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Mum
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Dad
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Mr. Clark
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Harry
Oliver Steer ...
Sully
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Anton
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Max Gabbay ...
Steven
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Max Golds ...
5-Year-Old Connor
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Lily's Mum
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Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart ...
Teacher
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Storyline

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?

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Stories are wild creatures.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images | See all certifications »

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un monstruo viene a verme  »

Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,909 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$3,730,982 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The theme park used in the movie when his dad arrives is Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, Lancashire. See more »

Goofs

Conor and his mom watch a 16mm print of the original "King Kong." But when she threads the projector, we can clearly see the film is color, not black-and-white. See more »

Quotes

Conor: Your stories never made sense to me.
The Monster: 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.
Conor: So what do I do?
The Monster: What you did just now. You speak the truth.
Conor: That's all?
The Monster: You think it's easy? You were willing to die rather than speak it.
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Soundtracks

Tear Up This Town
(film version by Keane)
Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes, Jesse Quin
Performed by Fernando Velázquez, Keane
2016 Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited
(p) 2016 Quartet Records
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"And if you need to break things, then by God, you break them."
9 November 2016 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

As someone who had read the book and really liked it, I found the movie as compelling and it excels at additions that are not in the novel such as the last scene which happened after the ending of the book. However, they also removed some good parts from the book, but were offset by visuals and score and the spot on performances of the characters especially Lewis MacDougall (Conor) who nailed his role in the movie. He sure knows how to cry. And that needs pointing out as a lot of kids in movies are sometimes annoying and difficult to watch. Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) who were both Academy Award Best Actress nominees were as good as anyone would expect them to be. And Liam Neeson's voice was the perfect choice for the monster's. Haunting, cold, deep, and soothing. Also, the other thing I found striking was how the book played out as a movie. Aside from a few differences (the adds and minuses), almost everything else is as what the book is. Impactful scenes as how they were narrated and readers imagine them to be and dialogue and life lessons as how they were said in the book were same as in the movie. If you have read and liked the book, then watch this. If you have not, watch it still, as long as you have a heart and know what you're getting into, chances are you'll like this gem of a movie.


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