J.A. Bayona‘s latest film packs a heavy punch. Bayona’s adaptation of author and screenwriter Patrick Ness‘ novel is a pure tearjerker, a movie that mixes the grand with the intimate. The film follows a young boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s terminal illness. In need of help, he calls upon a monster (Liam Neeson), a talking tree that promises to tell Conor three stories as long as the boy reveals his deepest, darkest secret.
A Monster Calls deals heavily with the power of storytelling. After making only three films, Bayona has established himself as a very emotional storyteller. “Cold” is not a word that applies to the visual splendor of his work. We recently interviewed the filmmaker for his latest drama, which was originally based on an idea by the late author, Siobhan Dowd. Bayona discussed with us the music on set, King Kong, the silent moments in A Monster Calls, and his reaction to seeing Jurassic Park for the first time.
Below, read our J.A. Bayona interview.
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This weekend brings the release of A Monster Calls, the adaptation of Patrick Ness‘ book of the same name, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Greenaway Medal back in 2012. The film hails from The Impossible director J.A. Bayona, who will next direct Jurassic World 2, and it follows a young boy coping with his mother’s illness by way of a monster who suddenly appears in his backyard.
Liam Neeson plays the monster in question (though Captain America: Civil War star Tom Holland stood in for him on set), and in an effort to get the audience in on the story a bit more, he sat down to read through the entire first chapter. There’s footage from the movie interspersed with his reading, and Neeson’s voice makes for a nice bedtime story tone.
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This weekend brings the limited release of Martin Scorsese‘s adaptation of Silence, a project that has been over 20 years in the making for the GoodFellas and Taxi Driver director. And now a powerful new international trailer has just debuted online.
Silence follows two 17th-century missionaries (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan, where Christianity was outlawed at the time, to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson).
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It’s kind of amazing that more kids aren’t totally creeped out when they hear from their parents that there’s a fat, bearded guy in a red suit who sees them when they’re sleeping and knows if they’ve been bad or good. The concept of kids being overseen by Santa Claus, a complete stranger just so they can receive gifts from him is simply kind of scary, but it could be worse, especially if the jolly man was Liam Neeson.
You might be thinking that there’s nothing scary about the loving father who tries to help his son fall in love with a girl in Love Actually, but let’s not forget that Liam Neeson was the star of Taken, and a man who made being a priest deadly in Gangs of New York. But now you can see how scary the actor can be if he were Santa Claus thanks to an audition tape unearthed by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
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Director Martin Scorsese has been trying to get his adaptation of Japanese author Sh?saku End?‘s novel Silence off the ground for over 20 years. Now the film is finally hitting theaters later this month, and the first reviews have hit the web.
The film isn’t in line with the kind of movie more casual moviegoers are used to getting from Martin Scorsese, who is better known for movies like The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Gangs of New York, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and GoodFellas. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the same high quality we’ve come to expect from the filmmaker as he crafts something more along the lines of his films such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun.
If you haven’t kept up with the development of Silence, the film follows two 17th-century missionaries (played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) as they face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). So how did Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project pan out? Read some of the first Silence reviews after the jump.
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A Monster Calls is a heartbreaking movie. When J.A. Bayona‘s (The Impossible) latest film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, in a nice bit of promotion, tissue boxes were handed out to those in attendance. That was a good call because the film certainly made our own Angie Han choke up once or twice. She praised the drama as a “five-hankie sobfest, a ruthlessly effective tearjerker even by cancer drama standards,” despite a few scenes she found too manipulative.
Below, watch A Monster Calls featurette, which shows how the story came about and evolved.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Martin Scorsese has been working on Silence on and off since about 1990, and as of today, it’s just a few weeks from release. We’ve got the first trailer for the new drama, which stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as a pair of Jesuit priests who travel to feudal Japan in search of their former mentor, played by Liam Neeson. So is it worth the wait? Click through to watch the Silence trailer and find out. Read More »
UPDATE: A representative for the film’s producers has reached out to us to say that Matt Damon is not involved in the project. They’re not sure where the source of this story from Honda got this information, but it’s not accurate. No word on whether Liam Neeson is in the movie or not. Our original story follows.
During the Toronto International Film Festival in September, it was reported that Bleed for This director Ben Younger had lined up his next project in the form of Isle of Man, a motorcycle racing drama chronicling the titular dangerous event that takes place on the island of the same name in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. Now it seems the project has two big names attached to hop on some bikes of their own.
Matt Damon and Liam Neeson are reported to be starring in the racing drama that is slated to start production next summer with shooting taking place on location on the actual island where the race is held each year. Find out more about the Isle of Man movie after the jump. Read More »
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Now that we’re n October, we’re starting to get a look at some of the movies that will be key players in awards season. But plenty of heavy hitters won’t be arriving until this winter. One of those potential contenders is A Monster Calls. Funnily enough, the film from future Jurassic World 2 helmer J.A. Bayona was slated to arrive in theaters later this month, but after a huge critical reception out of the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus Features decided it was worthy of a more prime awards season release closer to Christmas.
Now a new A Monster Calls promo has arrived in honor of National Face Your Fears Day today, showing some of the beauty this film promises with the story of a young boy, his imaginary friend, and his dying mother, played by Felicity Jones. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
Paramount Pictures will have one more gift waiting for us under the tree this Christmas. The studio has just announced that Martin Scorsese‘s Silence will hit theaters this December for an awards-qualifying run before expanding nationwide in January. Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Adam Driver lead the drama about Jesuit priests in feudal Japan. Read More »