A Monster Calls (2016): Animation / Drama / Fantasy

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One of the most impressive and heartbreaking films of 2016! Following “The Orphanage” (2007) and “The Impossible” (2012), Director J.A. Bayona follows the book, almost to the letter, creating this adventurous, tear-jerking, cinematic journey. A tale of grief, remorse, and guilt triggers an unfathomably allegorical crossing between reality and fantasy that seeks catharsis and closure and to appeal to one’s deepest feelings.

Unnecessarily rated as PG-13, “A Monster Calls” should be a story for the whole family. A kid dealing with their mom’s terminal illness is an ongoing, never-ending, global scale torment that plagues kids of every age, from every corner of this Earth. Even now, while writing this review.

“Monster Calls” is nothing short of hauntingly beautiful magic on screen. A heart-wrenching, coming of age faithful adaptation with Oscar-worthy performances, directing, cinematography, editing, music, sound design, visual effects, and more. As I like saying, a round of applause for all cast and crew and a big “thank you” for this masterpiece.

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