Liam Neeson's tree creature erupts from the earth in first A Monster Calls clip

Even though we were slightly disappointed when J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls was postponed until Christmas, the dark fantasy based on the well-known children's book by Patrick Ness has still resonated on our radar. Bayona screened the film at various film festivals this fall, and the anticipation of its arrival at the most sentimental time of year is akin to Santa and his magical reindeer landing softly on our rooftops.  

The Academy Award-nominated Neeson provides the guttural voice of the titled tree creature, who befriends a trouble young boy at a pivotal time. The Spanish director, having also helmed The Orphange and The Impossible, has his sights set next on steering the Jurassic World sequel for 2018, but until then, he's celebrating the completion and unveiling of this fantastic cinematic Euro fable.

Here's the official synopsis:

A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 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.

A Monster Calls marches into a limited release on December 23rd, followed by a wider release on January 6th. Take a peek at this uprooting new clip of the terrifying tree beast and tell us if this dreamy diversion is high on your wish list.

(Via Collider)

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