A Monster Calls movie quotes help tell the story in the film about a boy who seeks comfort in a tree monster after his mother falls terminally ill. The fantasy drama was adapted into a screenplay by Patrick Ness based on his book of the same name. Directed by J. A. Bayona, A Monster Calls opened in theaters in the United States on December 23, 2016.
In A Monster Calls, Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is having a hard time with life. The boy deals with bullies at school plus problems at home, with mother Lizzie (Felicity Jones) sick with a terminal illness. Conor is sent to live with his strict grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and his absent father (Toby Kebbell) tries to comfort the boy, but neither relationship really help.
To cope, Conor turns to something he and Lizzie cherish, his artwork. Conor draws a tree who comes to life as a monster. Much to Conor's surprise, a yew tree actually comes to life but instead of being a monster, the tree serves as comfort to him and helps him deal with the stresses of his young life.
It's Okay That You're Angry
Lizzie: It's okay that you're angry. I'm angry too, and if you need to break things, by god you break them. I wish I had 100 years, 100 years I could give to you.
In speaking to Conor, Lizzie understands his anger and wishes that she had more time with him. As she notes in this A Monster Calls movie quote, he will need a way to deal with his feelings and urges him to do whatever he needs to do to get to that end.
He Called for a Monster
Monster: There was once an invisible man who was growing tired of being not seen. It was not that he was actually invisible. It was just that people had become used to not seeing him. One day the invisible man couldn't stand it anymore. He kept wondering, "if no one sees you, are you really there at all?"
Conor: How does the story begin?
Monster: With a boy too old to be a kid, too young to be a man.
Conor: What did he do?
Monster: He called for a monster.
The Monster explains the story of an invisible boy to Conor and how the boy overcame what was bothering him. Spoiler: The Monster is telling a story about Conor.
Break the Windows!
Monster: What shall I destroy next?
Conor: Break the windows!
Monster: Break them yourself.
The Monster urges Conor to suggest the next thing for the Monster to break, and then encourages Conor to break things himself. You might say the Monster is a bad influence, but something breaking things like windows is therapeutic.
Life is Always in the Eyes
Lizzie: What color is that?
Lizzie: Yeah! Maybe if we take a pencil and then we make a face, and then we see the life in the eyes. Life is always in the eyes. There's our monster!
Conor's love for art started when he was very young as taught to him by his mother, Lizzie. As she shows him in these A Monster Calls movie quotes, it takes a face with some eyes to bring art to life.