Film Review – A Monster Calls (2016)

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

8 Responses

  1. I absolutely love this movie! I read the book before I watched it and was afraid it might not live up to it but it definitely did. Could watch this many times 🙂 great review

  2. rkoons says:

    My wife and I saw the trailer for A Monster Calls and knew nothing else about it. We wish we had, because it didn’t seem anything like the trailer, except that it was visually stunning. The effects were good and the different cut scenes with the stories showed some wonderful animation styles. Lewis MacDougall did an excellent job in, what I’m sure was a challenging role.

    Here comes the ‘but’. We understood the subject matter. My wife and I both lost parents to cancer, though as adults and not as children. As a result we certainly understand the rollercoaster of emotions you experience with the death of a parent. Our biggest complaint was it was a continuum of darkness. Sure there were some excellent messages, but we felt drained leaving the movie. Personally, I believe it would have had a better impact had they employed some bits of comic relief at strategic moments. Showing something light and positive here and there would have made the low points that much more impacting. Dickens referred to drama as being like bacon with fat and meat together. This film was monochromatic from an emotional perspective.

    Finally, the ending appeared to be tacked on and was somewhat trite and didn’t do much to explain anything or help me leave the theater with anything but shaking my head.

    • MovieBabble says:

      I can definitely see where you would think this (I’m definitely one of the more positive reviews on the film) but I would counter your argument with the idea of intention. Did the film intend to give a story that involved so many emotions? As a reviewer, I try to grade a movie based on how well it succeeded in making the movie it attempted to make, not what I felt the story should have been. This is why movies like Manchester By The Sea and Moonlight are nominated for best picture. Even though they were “downers,” they were still very well made and succeeded in making the type of movie they set to produce. But then again, that’s why reviewing film are so difficult, subjectivity is at the forefront of it!

  3. Keith Noakes says:

    I’m seeing it today!

  4. MovieBabble says:

    Thank you!

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