A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

DVD - 2017
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Twelve-year-old Conor, dealing with his mother's illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother, and bullying classmates, finds a most unlikely ally when a monster appears at his bedroom window. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2017]
Branch Call Number: YADVD Monster
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Franln Dec 08, 2017

The young lead actor was quite fantastic! I thought it was just gonna be a story of a monster defending a kid from bullies, but it was really about dealing with the prolonged illness and death of his mother so it ended up being more of a sad drama than a fun tale. Good movie though.

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trcookIIImddmd
Nov 12, 2017

The moving story of a young Dylan Kliebold, before the shooting, when Zoloft might have done some good.

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mr_chocolate
Oct 31, 2017

Great movie dealing with real emotions of a troubled world for a 12-year-old, played brilliantly by Connor (Lewis Macdougall). The grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), the mum (Felicity Jones), Dad (Toby Kebbell), and the Monster/Green Man (Liam Neeson) also are brilliant in the cast. The Monster is a more menacing tree than Groot (Guardians), but also plays a critical role.
This was based upon a story by Siobhan Dowd, but died of Cancer before she finished it, which was turned into a novel and screen play by Patrick Ness.
This reminded my a bit of the (2006) film, Pan's Labrynth, also of a story dealing with trauma through fantasy. This film captures that mixture brilliantly.
The 20 minute bonus feature of The Making of A Monster Calls, is worth the time.

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Canth
Oct 23, 2017

Good movie worth a watching a couple of little twists I think I saw coming. some of the deleted scenes I think should have been Kept in the movie.

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AMerr22
Oct 17, 2017

Decent movie, book was better.

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evro66
Sep 18, 2017

a good movie, true to the book (which is rare nowadays), good acting impressive visual effects. The ink blots are definitely a very good visual idea.
Not recommended for young children of course, and it is a sad story.

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gnomenut
Sep 05, 2017

An excellent film. Delivers an intelligent, thoughtful, and unconventional perspective on grief. Also, one of the very rare films worth watching again, with the screenwriter's commentary turned on. Sigourney Weaver's lackluster attempt at an English accent is the film's only shortcoming.

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navy_wolf_412
Sep 04, 2017

it was sad, but great. the art and music was wonderful!

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readyrisa
Sep 01, 2017

Awesome movie...was absolutely blown away.

AL_TATYANA Aug 29, 2017

This movie is a real masterpiece! I sat stunned for some time and in tears. A beautiful and gripping story. I feel like this is one of those movies that will stay with you for a long time. You will learn so many things. In a metaphorical way the movie shows what the boy had to go through to cope with his mother's terminal illness. Very emotional, dramatic and deeply psychological. Directed by J.A.Bayona ("The Impossible"). Will recommend for young adults and adults.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2017

Who is the good guy here?
-There is not always a good guy, Conor O'Malley ... Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.
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A man of faith without faith. Believe is half of all healing. Belief in the cure, believe in the future that awaits. Your faith is valuable ... so you have to be careful where you put it and in whom.
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It was not that he was actually invisible. It was just that people had become used to not seeing him.
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***Spoiler Alert***

Con, are you listening? One day, if you look back and you feel bad for being so angry you couldn't even speak to me, you have to know that that was okay, that I knew. Because I know everything you need to tell me without you having to say it out loud. And if you need to break things, by God, you break them. Break them, good and hard. And I'll be right there, Con. I wish I had a hundred years. A hundred years I could give to you.

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jimg2000
Apr 25, 2017

***Spoiler Alert***
Lessons learned:

How can both be true?
-How can a prince be a murderer and be loved by his people? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen? I don't know.
-Your stories never made any sense to me.
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.
-So what do I do?
What you did just now. You speak the truth.
-That's all?
You think it's easy? You were willing to die rather than speak it.

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Apr 14, 2017

Saint_Mirin thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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