A film full of eerie and at the same time beautiful images – and also full of metaphors: That’s it Fantasy drama “Seven Minutes Past Midnight” that we really recommend to you. Not only does the story itself give you goosebumps, the voice of Liam Neeson, who speaks the monster tree that has come to life in the original, also makes you tingle. In German, at least, Neeson’s regular voice actor Bernd Rumpf was used – so the effect is not completely lost.
Tonight, “Seven Minutes After Midnight” will be on at 8:15 p.m. on Sat.1. Alternatively, it is of course also easily available on Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon:
›› “Seven minutes past midnight” at Amazon*
In the DashFUN review, the touching fantasy fairy tale by “Jurassic World 2” director Juan Antonio Bayona four out of five possible stars.
The mother (Felicity Jones) of 12-year-old Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) has cancer and is growing weaker in front of her son, who spends a lot of time with his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver). Adding to these worries, Conor is also haunted by chilling visions: a gnarled old tree (voice: Liam Neeson) comes to monstrous life and claims to have been summoned by Conor.
The monster scratches the boy’s window at seven minutes past midnight and tells him a story every night. And in the end, Conor will have to face his own story…
A Monster Calls is based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness. He based his story on an idea by author Siobhan Dowd, which she herself was unable to convert into a book before she succumbed to cancer.
›› “Seven Minutes Past Midnight” – the novel on Amazon*
The stories of the monster and what Conor experiences and does intertwine, and it quickly becomes clear that much of this is a metaphor for the boy’s mental chaos and the terrible loss that awaits him. Incredibly touching and in atmospheric images that are reminiscent of the magic of Steven Spielberg family films, Bayona tells the story that is sad but at the same time encouraging.
“Seven Minutes Past Midnight” has thus secured a place in the DashFUN list of the best fantasy films of all time:
“Seven Minutes After Midnight” has been approved by the FSK from the age of 12 and is definitely suitable as a film for older children and young people, thought-provoking and can be watched with the whole family.
This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN for today’s TV broadcast. *The links to the Amazon offer are so-called affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, we will receive a commission.