Have you ever experienced one of those moments where you felt like you will remember what you are seeing right now for the rest of your life?
That's exactly how I felt in the middle of watching A Monster Calls.
Here is the summary from Amazon.com of the book by Patrick Ness:
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
As an avid fairytale fan, I love how the movie goes from fantasy to reality and back and forth with such smooth transitions you are left wondering (even until the end) if what you're watching is just the character's imagination. A beautifully crafted open-ended ending that leave room for discussions and interpretations - my favorite kind.
I actually enjoyed this movie more than Spielberg's "BFG" - and that's really saying a lot.
This is debatable, but I believe that this movie is not very suitable for children. The theme is quite dark and heavy. Just like how Harry Potter is arguably more suitable for mature audiences.
Oh, and my favorite part? The fact that the ending doesn't make you lose all hope for humanity like Del Toro's "Pan" (God, I still got nightmares).
Give this one a chance and tell me what you think!
PS. I'm ordering the book online. Yes, I love it THAT much.
Hi there, I'm Bee. I'm a voice coach / musician / stage director currently residing in Indonesia.