J.A. Bayona's (The Orphanage, The Impossible) coming-of-age fairy tale, A Monster Calls, has sort of been forgotten in all the post-Doctor Strange, pre-Rogue One hype, but make no mistake about its powerful message and arresting visuals. Here are three new clips centering around the movie's sorrowful, surreal core, with young Conor dealing with grief and the gruff pipes of Academy Award-wining actor Liam Neeson providing the voice for the protective tree creature. Though we're probably tired of Neeson in all those revenge crime thrillers, this is relatively new territory for him to display his numerous talents. A Monster Call's release date keeps leaping around the calendar, but at this moment it's slated for a Dec. 23 engagement in 10 cities to qualify for Awards Season, then a wider rollout on Jan. 10.
Here's the official synopsis if you missed it in our previous presentations:
A visually spectacular and unabashedly emotional drama from director J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is dealing with far more than other boys his age. His beloved and devoted mother (Felicity Jones) is ill. He has little in common with his imperious grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). His father (Toby Kebbell) has resettled thousands of miles away. But Conor finds a most unlikely ally when the Monster (portrayed by Liam Neeson in performance-capture and voiceover) appears at his bedroom window one night. Ancient, wild, and relentless, the Monster guides Conor on a journey of courage, faith, and truth that powerfully fuses imagination and reality.
Enter into Bayona's lyrical pageantry in this trio of clips, entitled "Break The Windows", "In The Eyes" and "Messily Ever After," and tell us if A Monster Calls earns a place on your "nice" viewing list.
(Via Bloody Disgusting)