Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), A Monster Calls centers on Conor (Lewis MacDougall), a 12-year-old who is understandably shaken up by his mother’s (Felicity Jones) deteriorating health. Conor finds solace, as well as a bit of confrontation from a the “Monster” (voiced by Liam Neeson), a 40 foot tree who teaches the boy how to deal with his seemingly insurmountable challenges. The film is based on Patrick Ness’ book of the same name.
“It’s a lovely film, isn’t it,” said Neeson, who also stars in the Martin Scorsese directed drama Silence. “It’s very entertaining and emotional. It’s like the book. I remember it was a very quick read but it kept coming up and biting me on the back of my head again. I’d keep reaching for it. It was wonderful.”
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A Monster Calls, now playing in New York and Los Angeles, opens nationwide January 6.