You know what i've found?
I've found that people who have either read the book OR lost someone close to them loved it, and people who haven't done either are indifferent to 'okay' about it.
Of course this is just from vague internet travels and i'm sure people will reply to this and throw my findings out the window. Which is fair. I'm not a scientist.
As someone who read/saw this & loved it, I wish more people had the chance to see it. It's already on premium cable.
I personally loved this movie. It handled the subject of grief better than any film I've ever seen in a very creative and charming way, without holding back on just how rough it can be to watch someone you love slowly wither away at such a young age.
I saw this film with my brother when it came out and we were the only ones in the theater at our particular showing. We expected it to be good, but not to strike the nerve that it did with us. By the time I turned 18, we had attended funerals for a grandmother, great-grandmother, and uncle on my mother's side, as well as for a grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and a four-year-old cousin on my father's side. All of which we had strong connections with in one way or another.
As soon as the movie ran its credits, we hugged each other and cried for a solid five minutes because it handled adolescent grief in an innovative but 100% accurate way. Technically, it's a marvel of a film with great performances, effects, and cinematography, but the story, characters, and dialogue make for a great experience.
I love this film and I hope it catches a cult following in the years to come.
Yeah, I cried both times I watched it. Once by myself and the second time with my fiancee. I tried my hardest to hold back tears but God, was that a beautiful film. Just couldn't help but cry
If you ever feel like catharsis on the parent-child bond again, good old **Big Fish (2003)** has a special place in my heart.
If you liked the blend of supernatural and reality, then watch **Pan's Labyrinth (2006)** it's a masterpiece
One of the few movies I would describe as devastating. I saw it in a half full cinema and when the credits rolled everyone was just silent - it felt like a collective thought of 'what do I so now'.
I understand that it will definitely resonate with some more than others but by all accounts I'd just say it's an amazing movie.
Few years ago, my girlfriend's mother died from lung cancer, we watched this movie without knowing nothing, we both cried in sadness, it was a total breakdown, and totally unexpected.
Even though I loved this film, they made a huge mistake in trying to market it as an oscar contender. The trailers were released so early that most people forgot about it once it came out. It really deserved to make a lot more money.
The movie had no reason to be that good, I loved it. It messed me up with the last story. That dang movie was incredible.
Yeah, I really enjoyed "A Monster Calls." It was moving and it's a shame that I feel like it's practically forgotten.
Saw it on amazon last night and had a lil breakdown in the living room. It was incredible.
This was such a good movie and the animated sections were such a treat for the eyes.
My girlfriend's friend asked for a movie suggestion and we suggested this because we had just watched it.
We forgot his Mom died a few years ago and it's still really tough for him. He texted us about halfway through and was just like "WHAT THE FUCK GUYS???"
You should check out [the book](http://manapop.com/books/a-monster-calls-by-patrick-ness-book-review/) it had me in tears as well. It also has some really cool illustrations.
I really liked the film, but I found that it didn't really break my heart like I expected. In some ways I almost respected it more for not making me cry because there are a lot of moments where films go for tears and its not earned.
I saw it at a free screening around the holidays with no idea what it was or about. I liked it, but was getting kind of bored with it more than halfway through and thinking about leaving since I didn't pay anything to see it. And then that moment hit and I was wrecked for awhile. I had a very similar situation & thoughts recently. The movie hit some very raw nerves with me that, honestly, needed to be hit.
as someone who has lost his father, all 4 grandparents (two of which raised me 50/50 with my actual parents), and numerous aunts and uncles this movie fucked me up beyond belief
I had no idea what it was about going in to it but man. It's incredible how perfectly it encapsulates how you feel.
A movie built almost entirely towards the final line and it works. Really liked it.
It made me cry as well. Overall I liked it although it could have been a more subtle
They added it to Amazon Prime (UK) just a couple of days ago, need to give it a watch.
You signed up for those tears the moment you saw the cover on netflix or whatever and said play. That poster is emotional :(
On one hand I thought it was well-made, but honestly I found it tedious to get through. It felt like a big budget therapy tool for children who lost a parent.
I saw this a few days after Me Earl and the Dying Girl thinking a fantastic film might cheer me up (I avoid trailers)
I was a wreck the rest of the week after that 1-2 punch. Just fuck me up with the cancer movies fam.
I loved this movie too! That said, Sigourney Weaver was distractingly bad. Whoever decided that it made sense to cast her as a British grandmother should be barred from casting future films.