‘A Monster Calls’ Clip: Liam Neeson’s Tree Creature Arrives

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The first clip has been released from A Monster Calls, the upcoming fantasy-drama from Spanish director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible).

Based on the acclaimed children’s novel, A Monster Calls tells of a 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) who deals with his mother’s illness and school bullying by escaping into a fantasy world of monsters of fairy tales.

Bayona is two for two with The Orphanage and The Impossible, two outstanding genre films (supernatural-thriller and disaster pic respectively) that each carried a level of heart and drama that stuck with you long after the credits rolled. Next up for Bayona, by the way, is the sequel to Jurassic World.

We’ve been looking forward to this one since it was announced Bayona would be tackling the novel, and the trailers and now this clip haven’t disappointed. Don’t expect a hugely fun action-adventure film with A Monster Calls, although there will likely be some of those elements here and there; this one should have those tear ducts working by the time it’s all over.

A Monster Calls, also starring Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Sigourney Weaver, with Liam Neeson as the voice of the titular Monster, will be receiving a limited US release on December 23 before going wide on January 6. The film is expected to arrive in Australia in January, although no release date has been locked in as yet.

Synopsis for A Monster Calls:

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.

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