A stunningly beautiful contribution to our collective understanding of grief comes in the unlikely form of the movie “A Monster Calls” which is about a 12 year old boy who is about to lose his mother. Regrettably this movie has not been doing well at the box office simply because it is hard to categorize. It does not seem appropriate for young children and adults don’t seem to fully understand that this profoundly true movie is an allegory meant for them. Liam Neeson who gives voice to the monster infuses his performance with a depth of understanding that can only be reached through loss. And it was the loss of his beloved wife that gives his performance such authenticity.
Spoiler Alert: In the final scene of the movie, the “monster” demands TRUTH from the boy and in being true to his feelings he finds freedom from fear. Or as the scriptures say, “Know the truth and it shall set you free.”