Well thought out movies that make you feel profound emotions and make you question all that you believe in, are incredibly rare. And that is why when you stumble upon one, it is your responsibility to share it with the rest of the world, because we all NEED these kinds of movies every once in awhile.
I had found out about A Monster Calls months before its release date, because of my major love and admiration for Patrick Ness, the author who wrote this book before it was adapted for the big screen. And yet, I had always postponed watching it because I have this internal need to read a book before watching the movie, because I love knowing what will happen next. But I threw away my pride last night and watched this movie without having read the book. Honestly? BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE. I simply cannot put my feelings about this movie into words, for I don’t think words can give this piece of art the justice it so desperately deserves. But I will give you a short description of the plot, in hopes that you will be intrigued enough to give this fascinating film a chance.
The film follows a young boy, Conor O’Malley, whose world is seemingly closing in on him, as he is struggling to deal with his mother’s terminal illness, his austere grandmother, his estranged father and the bestial bullies at school. So, he seeks out the help of a tree monster who visits Conor in his sleep and announces that he has three stories to tell Conor and once he is done with the third story, it would be Conor’s turn to tell the final story. Conor’s nightmare, which keeps him up and terrified most nights, is the final story. It is the true story. And once Conor is brave enough after the three stories of the tree monster, he will face the truth and its consequences.
Watch the trailer here.