Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Oscar Watch: A Monster Calls (2016)

Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of my Oscar Watch where I discuss trailers for upcoming Oscar contenders. For this post, I will delve into the trailer for something that might be something of a dark horse if given that kind of awards push. That film is the fantasy A Monster Calls starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson. You can click on the link to the trailer right here.

Now the word "fantasy" might allow caution given the Academy's spotty history with the genre. But the three main stars are Oscar club members. Also, Felicity Jones is looking to have a prolific 2016 with this, the upcoming Dan Brown sequel Inferno, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In A Monster Calls, where she plays the main character's terminally ill mother, she looks like she has some heavy and potentially baity scenes.

Plus, the film is directed by Spanish helmer J.A. Bayona who guided Naomi Watts to an Oscar nomination for The Impossible so he at least has a history with Oscar as well.

The film, though, looks absolutely stunning. I have a feeling I might be a little teary while watching it because I'm close with my mother and she herself fought cancer. But the film looks like it'll be a marvel to look at thanks to its visuals. I'm not putting it everywhere on my Oscar predictions. But I don't think the idea of it being a contender is out of the realm of possibility.

What do you guys think? Do you think it looks like a legitimate Oscar contender and do you think it looks like a great film in general? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!