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A Monster Calls - Film Review

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by Aisling Bermingham (subscribe)
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Published July 17th 2017
Take an emotional journey with Conor O'Malley as he brings you into his world and captivates your heart

The ladies bathroom after a movie is usually a buzzing hub of activity with women chatting amongst themselves, touching up their makeup and checking their phones.

After watching A Monster Calls there was a deafening silence in the ladies bathroom. Each person was visibly in deep contemplation of the events they had just seen unfold. Each face was stained with mascara from the tears which has just been shed and no words were spoken. The only communication was an empathic acknowledging smile to the lady who still had not composed herself.

Based on the award winning novel by Patrick Ness and directed by J.A. Bayona A Monster Calls closed the British Film Festival in 2016.

The story centres on the life of Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall). Conor has been dealt an unfortunate hand - his mother (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill, his days at school are peppered with random attacks from bullies, his father (Toby Kebbell) is absent from his life and his Grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) just doesn't understand him.

Struggling to deal with the cruel twists and turns of his life, Conor receives a night time visit from a towering, dark, tree shaped monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) and strikes up an unlikely alliance. Through the art of magical storytelling, the Monster takes Conor on mystical journeys, where fables of Queens and Princes are not really all they seem, mimicking the complications of life.

Lewis Mac Dougall gives an outstanding emotionally charged performance, drawing you into his world and captivating your heart. A Monster Calls is much more than a movie; it is an unforgettable thought provoking experience, which is sure to touch the hearts of anyone who watches it.

A Monster Calls will be in cinemas from July 27.

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