Liam Neeson's tree creature goes on a rampage in new trailer for A Monster Calls

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Jul 14, 2016, 11:04 AM EDT

This seems to be the year for heartwarming fantasy tales of adolescent escapism, with sentimental family flicks like Steven Spielberg's The BFG and Disney's Pete's Dragon unspooling over the summer.  Here's another entry in that club: the latest trailer for director J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls, spotlighting Liam Neeson's booming voice as the movie's protective tree spirit.  This new preview gives us a much better sense of the film's dark, Euro fairytale tone and showcases the monstrous, crimson-eyed forest creature exhibiting some particularly destructive elements.  Bayona (The Orphanage, The Imposssible) injects his visuals with a dreamy ferocity that recall moments from classic fantasy films like The Neverending Story and The Iron Giant, and the extended trailer's watercolor credit sequences are an especially nice touch as well.  Whoa, indeed!

Here's the official synopsis:

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.

Adapted from the beloved children's book by Patrick Ness and opening on Oct. 14, 2016,  A Monster Calls also stars Toby Kebbell, Sigourney Weaver and Geraldine Chaplin. 

(Via Geek Tyrant)