A Monster Calls Opens in LA and NY Today and Nationwide January 6th!

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This week A Monster Calls opens in Los Angeles and New York TODAY, December 23rd, and expands nationwide on January 6th, 2017. Last month I traveled to LA for the film’s press junket where I had a chance to screen the movie and interview Felicity Jones about her role as Mum.


About the film:

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, a less-than-sympathetic grandmother (Sigourney Weaver), 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. Toby Kebbell plays Conor’s father, and Liam Neeson stars in performance-capture and voiceover as the nocturnally visiting Monster of the title.

I hadn’t read the acclaimed book A Monster Calls before screening the film and only knew a bit about the story. I was not prepared for how beautiful, yet heartbreaking and emotionally intense the movie would be. I thought that I was prepared with the big handful of tissues I brought into the theater, but it wasn’t even close.


Central to the pull of the film is Lewis MacDougall’s portrayal of the boy, Conor. He is caught in such an emotional struggle and deftly portrays the range of emotions a young boy dealing with a dying mother is likely to feel from sadness, to confusion to anger. He is both vulnerable and strong while confronting his mother’s illness, bullying at school and his nightmares. I was amazed by his performance.

I was also amazed by how the film sweeps us away into Conor’s fantastical nightmares. The tree, voiced by Liam Neeson, isn’t purely CG, but rather live action combined with CG, making it feel much more connected and “real”. The nightmare scenes are not so much scary as they are powerful and extraordinary.


After viewing A Monster Calls, it stuck in my head for several days – a sign to me that a movie is really good! Although I was physically drained from crying after seeing it the first time, I’m ready to head to the theater to see it again and perhaps catch a few of the things I may have missed as they were blocked by my tears.


For an in-depth introduction to A Monster Callslisten to and watch Liam Neeson reading the first chapter of the book A Monster Calls. The book was written by award-winning author Patrick Ness and is based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd, who succumbed to cancer soon after starting work on the story.

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  1. I’m really excited to see A Monster Calls. It looks so good, and I love the monster design.

  2. This movie sounds so amazing. I’ve seen some shots of the monster, and it’s so well done. I’m really excited for this one.

  3. I cannot wait for this! I love the style of the film, and you can’t beat anything with Liam Neeson in it. I’ll be at the theater for this one for sure.

  4. pamwattenbarger@yahoo.com' Pam Wattenbarger says:

    This sounds like such an emotional movie! I would love to see it when it comes out across the country.

  5. This is the first I am hearing of this film, but it sounds very exciting. I need to make sure to read the book before it hits theaters!

  6. annb10@rogers.com' Ann Bacciaglia says:

    It must have been such a fun trip to go to this press junket. I am looking forward to seeing this when it comes out.

  7. I cannot wait to see this movie! My son and I both read this book a few months ago.

  8. I have been waiting for this movie to come out! It looks extremely well done, I am sure it won’t disappoint.

  9. We just saw this preview last week before we saw Fantastic Beasts. It looks so good, we’re going to take the family to see it over winter break.

  10. My nephew would get a kick out of this movie.
    Looks incredible.

  11. cshell090869@aol.com' shelly peterson says:

    This movie looks like a really good one. I cant wait to see it.

  12. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    This is an awesome movie that looks so good to see in the theater! I really want to see it right away when it comes out!

  13. I love movies like this one. I am very interested in seeing it.

  14. Awesome! This sounds so interesting! Can’t wait to see it with the kids!

  15. This sounds like a great movie.

  16. Ohh now I really want to see this, what an amazing sounding movie.

  17. katmagoo2016@gmail.com' kathi bennett says:

    I love movies like this the book was so good I knew the movie was going to be great. I love Liam Neeson.

  18. This movie sounds great

  19. This looks like a cute movie.

  20. ourfamilyworld@gmail.com' Our Family World says:

    Seeing my two favorite celebrities here doesn’t make me feel scared for this. January 6, here we come!

  21. This sounds like an awesome movie.

  22. gooba01@live.com' Holly Thomas says:

    I am looking forward to seeing this with my nephew.

  23. After seeing all the commercials for this great new movie, I know that I want to see it.

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