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A Monster Calls

(US, UK. Spain, 2016)

It’s about a child, Conor, whose mother is dying of terminal cancer. At night he is visited by a huge walking tree, voiced by Liam Neeson, and the tree tells him three fables. Each of them shows him a moral, until at last he is forced to confront his own demons. It’s done well, and the stories are interesting, but perhaps unsurprisingly it was a box office flop, barely even earning back its production costs. This one never found its audience. I guess it was a hard sell, especially in these days of superhero crap where evil is easily identifiable, stupid, motivated by nothing more than the thrill of being evil, and everything always comes out right in the end. You know, the movies that are making a billion dollars these days. It’s worth your time.