A Monster Calls is a wonder of CG in this new trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona’s dark fantasy. No huntsman is chopping this fella down any time soon. Starring alongside Neeson, Jones and MacDougall are Toby Kebbell,Geraldine Chaplin and Sigourney Weaver.
Protagonist Conor takes refuge from the pain of the real world – including bullies at school and a terminally-ill mum in a realm inhabited by beasties, big and small. His fairy-tale life involves courage, loss and faith and helps him handle his troubled existence. It’s all based on Patrick Ness’ book, adapted by the writer himself.
Kids in peril have become something of a stock-in-trade for Bayona, who cut his teeth with The Orphanage and the terrific 2012 tsunami drama. Expect this one to delve deeper into creepy English folklore, grief and the growing pains of school.