The first clip from J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls has been released online. The film is an adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ fantasy novel of the same name which deals with the theme of kids coming to grip with tragedies by creating a world of fantasy. We’ve seen films based on the same of similar themes before (Bridge to Terabithia comes to mind), but this particular take is sure to leave you teary eyed.
The first clip shows us the monster (voiced by Liam Neeson) coming to life for the first time in front of Conner (MacDougall) and declaring, “I have come to get you, Connor.”
Watch the clip below :
Video Courtesy : Focus Features via YouTube
The film premiered at the 41st Annual Toronto International Film Festival where it received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Most critics lauded the film for its beautiful visuals, masterful directing and handling the mature themes well while some criticised it for being overly manipulative.
The film first had an October 2016 release date which was then pushed back to December most likely for Oscar consideration. A pretty good move considering the buzz the film is generating at various film festivals.
The film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell.
A Monster Calls opens in theaters on December 23, 2016.
Read the official synopsis for the film below: