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With awards season upon us, most of the high profile, must-see movies have been released. January and February can be a bit of a wasteland for film fans, since studios are holding their “next big thing” until the summer (or at the very least the spring) and a giant snow storm could hurt box office numbers on any given weekend.
There’s usually at least one or two little gems to be seen during the first few months of the year however, and this year one of those films is A Monster Calls. Fair warning, it’s going to be a tear jerker for sure. The trailer alone made me well up. But the reviews have been very good, and it seems like the kind of movie that’s going to be tough to watch but will stick with you for a while after, which is a win in my book.
Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother. His father has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (Liam Neeson) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
Watch the trailer below:
Are you crying? I am. I’l let you get a tissue. Technically, this movie is still in contention for awards season, but it’s opening later than most of the other films getting buzz. That had to be a strategic movie in some way, and we’ll see if it was a good one. Still, a movie doesn’t have to rack up a ton of nominations for prestigious awards in order to be good, to be impactful, to be something worth seeing.
I think it looks absolutely beautiful. I don’t know about you, but I could certainly use a giant Liam Neeson voiced yew tree guardian that follows me around to help me work through my issues. A Monster Calls is based on a book by the same name that was inspired by a true story, which makes it even more heartbreaking. Have a stuffed animal at home that you can hug, or someone on speed dial that you can call after you see this movie.
Temperatures are dropping, the weather is getting worse, and I’m a bit of a hibernator myself, so I get the impulse to stay in. Some things are worth venturing out for. A Monster calls is out in select cities now, but will be out nationwide on January 6th. I’ll definitely be there, and will undoubtedly be crying buckets. I needed a January movie, and this is the one.
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