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Watch Liam Neeson read the first chapter of A Monster Calls

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Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) has been working on an adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel A Monster Calls.

The film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver.

12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.

Hillary saw the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and had this to say about the film – ““Stories are wild creatures,” says The Monster in the film, and this tale is no exception. However, in the capable hands of Bayona, who uses his visuals to great effect here, the story never goes off track. The stories the Monster tells are beautifully animated with stunning brilliance. These alone make the film worthy of a viewing. “

You can read her full review here.

In this new video Liam Neeson reads the first chapter of the book.

A Monster Calls opens in the UK on New Year’s Day.

Thanks to Amanda for sending it over.

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