The film is undeniably aesthetically impressive. The cinematography and CGI for the monster are amazing. The blend of the CGI and real life looks natural, unlike some other films. There were also some animated watercolor scenes that were absolutely beautiful and an inventive way to tell the story. I really applaud the film for that. The score is also very good to build tone.
On the other hand, I was expecting this film to have more of an emotional impact. Yes, the characters are well-developed and well-acted, especially MacDougall and Jones, however, it just didn't hit me as hard as the trailers made me expect. I also wasn't exactly sure what the film wanted me to interpret it as, but the ambiguity wasn't good in this case, it made me feel unsatisfied. After discussion, I worked this out a bit more, however, it still feels a little off.
So while I haven't really made a strict conclusion on "A Monster Calls", I have a pretty close range that I want to put it in. It is visually impressive, but I expected more emotional depth to the film.
A Monster Calls
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes. I probably need to in order to make a solid conclusion.