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.
"Evocative, mysterious and shot through with bruising humor and heartbreak, A Monster Calls-with a deeply-felt performance from Felicity Jones- gets you where you live. There's real magic in it."--Rolling Stone
"A sensitive and beautifully made lesson in the limits and power of storytelling."--Hollywood Reporter
"If you're not crying by the third act of A Monster Calls, you may want to have your humanity checked."--Associated Press
Publisher: [United States] : Universal, 2017.
Edition: Widescreen edition
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION MON
Characteristics: 1 DVD (ca. 109 min.)

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TYPICAL
Aug 14, 2017

Stunningly touching, deep, thoughtful and intelligent.

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fdb045
Aug 09, 2017

This movie generates polar-opposite opinions and i agree with both sides. This movie can barely be labelled as entertainment with it's violence and dark themes, however for what it is, it is very well done and I easily recommend it for a mature audience. IMO the best thing about this movie is it is not a Hollywood movie.

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cnie2001
Jul 24, 2017

I Never Seen This Movies But It Looks Good But I Think It Has A Lot Of Some Great Actors And Stuff And Yeah

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Emmysmom1
Jul 22, 2017

Truly not a family night movie. Poorly done. Child's concerns/ actions ignored. The kid needed help and no one saw it ? Bad audio with the copy I had. Changed from one device to another and still audio very bad. Would not recommend if asked.

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21383007185619k
Jul 20, 2017

The worst of the worst. A child is repeatedly beat up at school and his mother is dying of cancer, and there is not a sympathetic adult anywhere. So he goes psychotic and invents Liam Neeson as some sort of supernatural aid. Peter Pan, the original, hit all these tropes before. In my opinion this product is a thematic plagiarism of Victorian blah. It has neither artistic merit nor anything other than the worst of an Aristotelian wanker effort at a true dramatic catharsis.
It does the typical Stephen King, if you have nothing to write about, nothing worth reading that is, then abuse a child, even if you only have to threaten him, or her, with abuse.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 18, 2017

A Monster Calls is a film about how a twelve-year-old boy, Conner O’Malley, experiences bullying, loneliness, acceptance, guilt, and most importantly, loss. The movie conveys a lot of these themes through beautifully illustrated watercolour sequences that serve as stories the monster is telling to O’Malley. Each story serves the purpose of teaching both O’Malley and the audience about perspective. Liam Neeson gives a menacing performance as the voice of the monster, and Lewis MacDougall does an excellent job as a kid in denial.
The story does a fantastic job of portraying most characters in such a way that allows the audience to emphasize with, except the bullies, who are left rather one-dimensional in their intricacy. It’s worth noting that the subject matter in this film, especially regarding family illness, is quite dark and sad. While Conner O’Malley may be twelve years old, the film might not be suitable for children in that age group. I was slightly disappointed that the third tale told by the monster didn’t have its own watercolour sequence, but the film is amazing regardless. It has lots of details that become relevant later in the movie, making it worth watching again.
- @SecretAgent of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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MartyMiller
Jun 23, 2017

I enjoyed this movie. The monster, played by the voice of Liam Neeson, was a big part of the enjoyment, along with a great story. Not my usual movie fare, but this one hit the mark for me.

AL_TIEGAN Jun 04, 2017

Very well done! The movie stayed so true to the book. There some slight changes between the movie and the book, but I thought they were beautiful and made a lot of sense to the story as a whole. Just remember your box of tissues for this one.

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BeausPerson
May 14, 2017

Beautiful and appropriate movie about a child dealing with a parent's failing health.

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patbik
May 14, 2017

Good but very sad. Get that Kleenex ready!

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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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Saint_Mirin
Apr 14, 2017

Saint_Mirin thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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