5 Stars · Movie Review

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness


A Monster Calls

Directed by: J.A. Bayona

Release Date: 23 Dec 2016

Genre: Fantasy/Drama

About the Movie:

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.


I enjoyed this movie. I am usually wary when it comes to reading a book then watching the movie afterwards. I have watched many book to movies that have spoiled the book for me because they have gone too far away from the book. I cannot say that with this movie.

I feel the reason why this movie is so close to the book is because the author did the screenwriting of the movie. They kept the same type of flow with some of the drawings in the movie as in the book. They kept to everything the same! It was a great movie.

There were some stuff I felt that should of kept to the book, but I guess there are just somethings you can’t do with movies that you can do with your own imagination. Overall, the movie kept right with the book.

I have to say I was disappointed with the school scenes in the movie. When Conor was going to school and meeting up with Harry and his merry little gang. I missed Lily she was never even in the movie at all! I felt she had a good part in the book she should of been in the movie.

They blocked out most of the third story. I was really looking forward to that one, seeing how they would handle it. They just didn’t do it justice at all. Also, they never did so Ms. Kwan at all in the movie. She was another player within the book that never surfaced. I would like to know why some of these people never made it in.

The dad never called Conor kid, he called him sport which he hated. But, in the movie he was called kid. They missed some major parts of the father-son aspects. Which I thought were important.

Besides these small things the movie was excellent. I guess I am being rather picky when it comes to changing a book into a movie. I feel there should be more of a book in a movie. To each their own I guess.

Overall, I saw it was well worth watching the movie. It kept to the book very well!

If you want to see my review of the book go ahead and follow this link A Monster Calls.


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