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A Monster Calls is a 2016 internationally co-produced dark fantasy drama film directed by J. A. Bayona and written by Patrick Ness, based on his eponymous novel.

The film stars Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall and Liam Neeson, and tells the story of Conor (MacDougal), a kid whose mother (Jones) is terminally ill; one night, he is visited by a giant tree-like monster (Neeson), who claims he will come back each night to tell him three stories.

The film premiered on September 10, 2016 at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was then released in Spain on October 7, 2016 and in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2017. In the US, A Monster Calls had a limited release in on December 23, 2016, followed by a wide release on January 6, 2017. The film received stongly positive reviews from critics who praised its theme, directing, performances and visual effects, although the writing was considered by some as overly dark.


Plot

Conor O'Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy who tries to deal with his mother's terminal cancer (Felicity Jones), his strict grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), his estranged father (Toby Kebbell), and the attacks by local school bully Harry (James Melville).

One night, seven minutes after midnight, Conor encounters a tree-like Monster (Liam Neeson). The Monster tells Conor that it has come to tell Conor three true stories, after which Conor will tell The Monster his own story, the truth behind his nightmare. The Monster continues to meet Conor, almost always at 12:07 am or pm, to tell its stories, which all involve other times The Monster was summoned. Ultimately, Conor faces the truth behind his nightmare, which is that though he does not want his mother to die, he understands that it is inevitable and something he must accept. After this, Conor returns, with the Monster by his side, to comfort his mother one last time and she dies seven minutes after midnight. Upon returning home with his grandmother, who becomes caring towards him, she gives Conor a room of his own. In the room he finds on the desk his mother's old art book which depicts the characters of the stories that have been told by The Monster and a drawing of his mother as a child with the Monster.

Four stories
The first story
An old king who has lost his entire family, save a young grandson, remarries a beautiful young woman. He dies before the young prince has come of age, and many believe she poisoned the king. Not wanting to hand the kingdom over to the prince in a year, she plots to marry the prince and remain queen.
The prince, who is in a popular relationship with a farm girl, runs away with her. They stop and sleep under a yew tree (the monster), but in the morning he finds the young woman murdered.
He tells the villagers that the queen, a witch, must have done it, and they rally to overthrow the queen. At this point, the monster awakes and joins the mob.
Enraged, the commoners rally around the prince to storm the castle, and the monster follows.
Before the commoners can get to the queen, the monster arrives to snatch her from the fire and carry her away to a far off land where she lives out the rest of her life in peace.
Though she was indeed a witch, she did not kill the girl or the old king. The prince had murdered the girl under the yew tree, in order to inspire his people to back him into overthrowing the queen.
The second story[edit]
An apothecary follows the old traditions and beliefs, using herbs and brews to cure ailments.
The apothecary's business becomes less and less popular as a local parson tells his congregation not to accept the apothecary's old ways.
When the parson's own two daughters become very sick, the parson goes to the apothecary and asks him to save the lives of his two ill daughters after all other resources are exhausted.
When the apothecary asks why he should help a man who has turned people away from his skills and denied him the yew tree, his best source of healing ingredients, the parson begs. The parson promises to give him the yew tree and deliver the parishioners to him as customers. In response to the parson's promise to revoke his beliefs and give up everything if only his daughters are healed, the apothecary says that he cannot help him and the girls die.
The monster awakens from the yew tree to destroy the parson's house and raze it to the ground as punishment.
While the apothecary was a greedy man, he was a healer and would have saved lives, including the girls, if the parson had simply allowed him his way of life. The parson, however, was a man of belief, but was willing to throw his beliefs away when they were in the way. The healing traditions followed by the apothecary require belief in order to work; without the parson's, the apothecary was unable to treat the two girls. Belief is half the cure.
The third story[edit]
There was man who was invisible because no one ever saw him. Tired of this, he summoned the monster to ensure people would take notice. The monster made them see, but now they looked and saw something wretched.
The fourth story[edit]
Conor must confront his nightmare to tell the fourth story, or face his end.

His mother has been pulled to the edge of a cliff by a sudden collapse of the ground and Conor must hold onto her hand to save her from falling into the pit. Eventually, his grip fails and his mother falls.
The monster forces Conor to confess the truth: he loosened his grip on purpose. While he could have held on longer, he let go in order to stop the pain of having to hold on.


Cast
Lewis MacDougall as Conor O'Malley
Sigourney Weaver as Conor's grandmother, a strict woman who has a tense relationship with him
Felicity Jones as Lizzie O'Malley, Conor's mother, who is diagnosed with an unspecified terminal illness
Toby Kebbell as Conor's father, who is divorced from Lizzie and now lives in the United States
Liam Neeson as the "Monster" (voice and motion capture), a giant humanoid yew tree. Tom Holland, who worked with Bayona on The Impossible, served as the stand-in for the Monster during one day of production.[4]
James Melville as Harry, a school bully who frequently targets Conor
Geraldine Chaplin as the head teacher of Conor's school


Production
Focus Features bought the rights to the book in March 2014 [5] Patrick Ness, the book's author, served as the film's screenwriter with J. A. Bayona hired as director.[6] On April 23, 2014 Felicity Jones joined the film to play the boy's mother.[7] On May 8, Liam Neeson joined the film to voice the Monster.[8] On August 18, Sigourney Weaver joined to play the boy's grandmother.[9] On August 19, Toby Kebbell also joined the film.[10] On September 3, author Ness tweeted that Lewis MacDougall had been set for the lead role in the film.[11] On September 30, Geraldine Chaplin joined the cast.[12]

Filming
Principal photography began on September 30, 2014,[13] in Spain and Britain.[12][14] On October 9, the filming began on location in Preston, Lancashire, Rivington Pike (Chorley/Horwich), Manchester and Marsden Denshaw.[15]

Liam Neeson, who voices the titular tree creature, was not on set throughout the shooting process but completed his motion-capture performance during a two-week period beforehand with MacDougall in the room.[16]

Release
Originally scheduled for an October 2016 release,[17][18] the film was later delayed in order to avoid competition from Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Boo! A Madea Halloween, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Keeping Up with the Joneses and was re-scheduled for a limited roll out on December 23, 2016, followed by a wide release on January 6, 2017.[19] The film was released in the United Kingdom on January 1, 2017, by Entertainment One and Lionsgate.[20] The film was released in India on January 6, 2017, by B4U Relativity.[21]

Reception
Box office
As of January 8, 2017, A Monster Calls has grossed $2.1 million in the United States and Canada and $34 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $36.1 million, against a production budget of $43 million.[3]

In North America, the film had its wide release alongside Underworld: Blood Wars and the wide expansions of Hidden Figures and Lion, and was initially expected to gross around $10 million from 1,523 theaters over the weekend.[22] However, after making just $659,000 on its first day weekend projections were lowered to $2 million, which is what it ended up grossing, finishing 13th at the box office.[23]

Critical response

A Monster Calls received positive reviews from critics. The aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 87% based on 162 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A Monster Calls deftly balances dark themes and fantastical elements to deliver an engrossing and uncommonly moving entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre".[24] At Metacritic, the film has an average score of 76 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25] On CinemaScore, audiences gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale

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