Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Cast: Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson, Toby Kebbell, Ben Moor, Lewis MacDougall
Release Date: Dec 23, 2016
Rated PG-13 for Thematic Content and Some Scary Images
Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min.
Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Juan Antonio Bayona’s A Monster Calls is an interesting fantasy parable with a very human message. Bayona crafts together a beautifully gothic tale with some impressive visual flourishes peppered in throughout. Its pace is decidedly measured and methodical throughout. It might be a turnoff to some because it does move at snail’s pace during large portions of the film. The monster and his tales are wonderfully animated through lush water colored animation which is as striking as it is effective. The cast lead by Lewis MacDougall is stellar through out and you’d think with the bigger names in the film, MacDougall might get lost in the shuffle but he never does. He turns in an impressive performance filled with melancholy and visible pain. Its finale delivers a simple and
straightforward lesson but do so with a strong emotional punch sure to leave many in tears.