Film of the book: ‘A Monster Calls’ (2016)

This is the most perfect book-to-screen adaptation I’ve seen. The screenwriter was the book’s author, Patrick Ness, which would explain why the film sticks so closely to the book. The only significant change is the omission of Lily, a friend of the protagonist. However, she was certainly intended to be in the film, as she appears in a deleted scene.

You can read my book review here. The film is essential viewing, whether you’ve read the book or not. It’s heartbreaking but beautifully done. The actors are wonderful, especially young Lewis MacDougall as Conor, Felicity Jones as his mother and Sigourney Weaver as his grandmother. Liam Neeson voices the monstrous yew tree. Fantastic special effects, too. The animation sequences are stunning and bear a stylistic similarity to those in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I don’t want to say much about the film. I can’t find the words. I guarantee you’ll be in tears by the end, if not before.

Low-resolution film poster sourced from Wikipedia.

10 thoughts on “Film of the book: ‘A Monster Calls’ (2016)”

  1. Wow, sounds brilliant. I haven’t read the book yet and didn’t know if it was any good but you’ve made me want to both read the book and see the film 😁. I think having the author be the screen writer definitely helps in any adaptation and I wish more authors did this. Great review😊😊😊😊😊

    1. I know, more authors should be closely involved in screen adaptations. Yes, the book is a must-read and the film is a must-watch! Really sad… but very well done. πŸ™‚

    1. It’s such a good film! Although I had liked the book very much, I hadn’t been intending to watch the film, but then I found the DVD in a charity shop and there was no excuse really.

  2. OMG you make me wanna watch this now! πŸ™‚ I loved the book! But it’s impossible for me to watch movies these days…:( But I’ll definitely wanna watch this one day!

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