Anytime a filmmaker blends fantastical elements with horror elements and squeezes in a compelling coming of age angle, I’m invested. I’m really invested. These movies just work for me, which is exactly why I’m looking forward to the forthcoming J.A. Bayona (who shot the amazing pic The Orphanage as well as a pair of excellent Penny Dreadful episodes) feature, A Monster Calls. It looks amazing, a little creepy and adventurous to top it off. But there’s something deeper waiting in the narrative, and while I can’t prove it yet, I’m willing to bet that something isn’t just deeper, it’s amazing.
You’re going to want to look into the trailer for A Monster Calls below.
The cast is stacked with Liam Neeson (Taken, Batman Begins), Sigourney Weaver (Alien, The Village), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Like Crazy), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Warcraft) and Geraldine Chaplin (Chaplin, The Impossible) all making appearances.
A Monster Calls hits theaters courtesy of Focus Features on October 21st, 2016.
Synopsis: 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.