‘A Monster Calls’ is about a young boy who has to deal with his life’s problems in a magical way.
Young Conor (MacDougall) is having a rough time growing up. His mother (Jones) the only one that ever really believed in his creativity, is dying. He has to live with his Grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and Conor is constantly getting bullied in school. To deal with this, Conor creates a giant tree monster (Neeson) who visits Conor at night and helps him to deal with problems.
The film is currently fresh at an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have loved not only this heart-wrenching story but also the realistic-looking monster. In order to achieve a real look to his monster, Director J. A. Bayona used both CGI and practical effects. This not only made the monster look just that little bit more believable, but it’s also easier for the cast to act to a monster rather than a green screen. In the above interview, go behind the scenes with Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Lewis MacDougall and hear them talk about their motion capture suits, what it was like acting towards a real looking monster, and what audiences have already thought about the film.
A Monster Calls is out this Friday, January 6, 2017.