“Because humans are complicated beasts, the monster said. How can a queen be both a good witch and a bad witch? How can a prince be a murderer and a saviour? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can a parson be wrong-thinking but good-hearted? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen?
“I don’t know,” Connor shrugged, exhausted. “Your stories never made any sense to me.”
The answer is that it does not matter what you think, the monster said, because your mind will contradict itself a hundred times each day. You wanted her to go at the same time you were desperate for me to save her. Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.”
― Patrick Ness,
He viewed the world in a different light. His thoughts revolved around his sickly mother. His mind constantly drifted between here and there playing scenes of himself coping with the inevitable death. These scenes touched a part me that I had not thought of in sometime. I recalled my thoughts surrounding death. Death yes by nature is a deeply rooted emotional topic. So when I went to see A Monster calls last weekend as it was marketed as a children’s movie I didn’t think it would be as heavy as it was.
Based on a story about a 12 year old’s struggle to come to terms with his deepest darkest feelings surrounding his mother’s deteriorating condition. I was awestruck by the raw emotion. The story was moving and pointed. I thought to myself as a parent I hope my daughter never has to face something like that.
That made me recall my thoughts about my family’s way of coping with the death of my grandmother. I realized the point of the story. Not to say that death is hard. Not that it is inevitable but that we as humans need to speak the truth. The truth we try to hide from ourselves. Sometimes we just want peace. We want to let go of the suffering and it all to end. That is what the boy wished for. Not that he wanted his mother to die but he wanted the suffering to end. The denial,the optimism, just the honest truth. The reality that all thing come to an end and through facing the truth we can start to move on.
So if you are looking for a good movie to go see that is heavy on the emotional side I highly recommend A Monster Calls.