Children aren't very good at seeing outside of themselves. If they're doing the work of being children, selfishness comes with the territory--and learning that others… - From TIME.com
That’s the idea captured in A Monster Calls, in which a gnarly treelike beast (voiced by Liam Neeson) pays a series of visits to 12-year-old Conor (played by Lewis MacDougall, a young actor with quizzical, perceptive eyes).
He dislikes his uptight grandmother (Sigourney Weaver, left), whom he sees as increasingly intrusive.
And his mother (Felicity Jones), who is raising him by herself, has been ill for a long time and isn’t getting better.
Conor’s monster, a surly, growling personification of childhood anger, tells the boy three morally ambiguous stories–and asks him to cap them off with one honest story of his own.
Bayona and adapted by Patrick Ness from his own novel–is meticulously and sensitively made, though its best moments may be the lovely but intense watercolor-toned interstitial animated sequences that illustrate the monster’s thorny spiritual allegories, cartoons for grownups rather than for little ones.