I like doing these posts every now and then, especially when I see a pattern in the films I like. The theme “Kids that will make you cry” might seem a little out there, but sometimes I watch young actors and actresses and I am just in awe of the emotions they can evoke in me. Just because there are kids in these movies, doesn’t necessarily mean they are kids movies. I hope that makes sense?
A Monster Calls
Within the book community, Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is a pretty popular book. It destroys your feelings and leaves the reader in tears in 9/10 cases. It took me some time to get to the movie, but in my opinion they did an amazing job with the adaptation. Even for the smallest roles, their cast is beyond stellar and despite a couple changes (as they always tend to happen), it felt like a pretty faithful film to me.
Handling themes such as death, loss, grief, guilt and the anger that comes with it, is never easy for kids (not that it gets any easier once you are older), but I feel like A Monster Calls provides a nuanced approach to it. It’s a dark tale that might not be for everyone, but it is a beautiful movie.
I Kill Giants
I Kill Giants is a movie that really blew me away. It perfectly plays between what is real and what is fantasy, but ultimately leaves it up to the audience to decide which one they want to go with. It deals with similar themes as A Monster Calls (terminal illness, loss, grief, etc.) and is based on a graphic novel of the same title (which I haven’t read though, so I cannot give any comparison).
I think something that hindered this movie from becoming really successful is that people expected it to be action-packed, which it is really not. It’s not so much a fantasy adventure as it is an exploration of how far a child’s imagination can go to help them cope with stressful and traumatic experiences.
Bridge to Terabithia
Do people still know about this movie? I feel old recommending it, but it was one of my favourites when I was younger and fits the theme perfectly as it also deals with the sudden death of a loved one, guilt, grief, bullying (which I forgot to mention for the previous movies) and how a vivid imagination can help children cope with what they are going through.
This movie is also based on a book, which I have read but never reviewed. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I actually enjoyed the movie more and struggled with the way the book was written. Also, it has been far too long to memorise the differences between the two.
Have you watched any of those movies? What is your take on them? Do you have some recommendations in the same field? Let’s chat!