A Monster Calls....really, really well done. My husband was quite emotionally choked up by the end.
Susan Sarandon and Liam Nelson, Lewis MacDougall and Geraldine Chaplin star. It is the quality of movie rarely made any more it seems. If you get a chance, give it a lookie see.
The movie deals with death and dying through the eyes/story of a pre-teenaged boy in the UK. It is a serious movie for children and families but with lots of good wit and humour thrown in. We didn't have high expectations as we knew nothing about it ahead of time, but it proved to be an excellent watch. There don't seem to be many movies made like this any more, with such mature wit, telling a child's story but without pandering to children as if they are too stupid to understand such weighty topics. The quality of the acting, script and cinematography were all superb. The movie takes children as seriously as it takes the topic of death. We particularly enjoyed that aspect of it.
Children all ready know that decisions have consequences and that there are dangers in the world. To treat them as if they must be protected from these facts is to patronize them and make them less than the bright minded creatures that they are. At the same time they need to be able to utlize childish imaginations and fantasies to deal with the realities they don't yet have the life experience to understand fully. Just sayin'......
To quote C.S. Lewis:
Since it is
so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least
have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making
their destiny not brighter but darker.