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A Monster Calls (2016)

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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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J.A. Bayona

Writers:

Patrick Ness (screenplay by), Patrick Ness (based upon the novel written by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis MacDougall ... Conor
Sigourney Weaver ... Grandma
Felicity Jones ... Mum
Toby Kebbell ... Dad
Ben Moor ... Mr. Clark
James Melville ... Harry
Oliver Steer Oliver Steer ... Sully
Dominic Boyle ... Anton
Jennifer Lim ... Miss Kwan
Max Gabbay Max Gabbay ... Steven
Morgan Symes ... Lawyer
Max Golds Max Golds ... 5-Year-Old Connor
Frida Palsson Frida Palsson ... Lily's Mum
Wanda Opalinska ... Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart Patrick Taggart ... Teacher
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Storyline

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Conor, and it asks for the one thing Conor 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 Conor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Conor be able to speak the truth?

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,909, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$3,740,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,309,313
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Both, Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson, appeared in the Star Wars Universe. Neeson in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016). See more »

Goofs

When Conor and his dad have a conversation in the car, Conor's seat belt is on at first, disappears, and reappears a few times between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Conor: [having a nightmare] Mama! Mama!
Conor: [waking] How does the story begin?
The Monster: It begins like so many stories. With a boy, too old to be a kid. Too young to be a man. And a nightmare.
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Alternate Versions

The North American DVD and Blu-ray releases slow down the film's audio pitch at 4%. However, the film remains normal-pitched on digital platforms. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: The Princess Bride (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written and Performed by For Fiesta
Voice: Lluís Segura
Bass: David Gallart / Drums: Marc Prades / Bass & Drums: Bernat Vilaplana / Guitar: Bernat Vilaplana / Soulphone: Marc Gómez del Moral
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"And if you need to break things, then by God, you break them."
9 November 2016 | by broke03See 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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