Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#JustaQuickiePlease: A Monster Calls Review

                 Based on the novel by the screenwriter, this feature finds the remarkable balance that few other films come close to; a perfect blend of subtle character development, an exquisitely told story, and visuals that not only dazzle but perfectly accentuate an already stellar script.    This is Bayona' signature piece; a heartwrenching, yet thoroughly engaging tale of the family bond, pain of hopelessness, the deception of perspective, and coming to terms with loss.   If you were to separate the scenes and play them out of context, one would think the director's purpose was to mock convictions and  truth but in its proper totality we are treated to a modern day Aesop's fable, teaching us that there is always a story behind a story, a truth patiently waiting to be discovered behind our dogmas.  
               The entire cast is astounding with Weaver and Jones delivering utterly genuine performances.  It is, however, young MacDougall who owns this production, literally reaching into the minds and souls of the audience and methodically tearing out our collective innocence exposing our deepest sorrows.   His mix of naivety and bravery are both inspiring and tormenting to behold.   Neeson's portrayal is equally profound, as both comforting sage and relentless antagonist.    With a twist administered with a respectful care, this is how you define all that cinema aspires to be.

             5 out of 5 Kernels; it is only when the credits roll, that you realize, emotionally, you have been just as much a part of the story as each and every character.

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