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A Monster Calls (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 6 January 2017 (USA)
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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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Grandma
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Mum
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Dad
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Mr. Clark
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Harry
Oliver Steer ...
Sully
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Anton
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Max Gabbay ...
Steven
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Max Golds ...
5-Year-Old Connor
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Lily's Mum
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Female Nurse
Patrick Taggart ...
Teacher
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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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Stories are wild creatures.

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Drama | Fantasy

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

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6 January 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un monstruo viene a verme  »

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Budget:

$43,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,909 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$3,730,982 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Trivia

The scene where Conor stands by the gate looking up the hill was filmed at Rivington Pike in Horwich, Bolton. In the scene, the pike setting has been altered for the purposes of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Conner and his dad have a conversation in the car (after they spend some time together), Conner's seat belt is on at first, disappears, and reappears a few times between shots. See more »

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[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. To young to be a man. And a nightmare.
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Edited into Hollywood Express: Episode #15.2 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Robot Rovellado
Composed and Performed by For Fiesta
Voice by Lluís Segura
Bass by David Gallart
Drums: Marc Prades
Bass & Drums by Bernat Vilaplana
Guitar by Bernat Vilaplana
Soulphone by 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 (Philippines) – See 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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