Liam Neeson, not to wear this joke too thin, certainly has the particular set of skills required to play a monster tree.
We’d already heard a snippet of his fantastical voice for this big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. Now he seems to have added an extra layer of gruffness to his voice for this children’s book makeover. He’s sort of out-Neeson’d himself.
Turn the volume up full whack and your cup of tea will probably shake.
The film, adapted by JA Bayona (The Impossible), follows 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), who copes with his mother’s illness and bullies at school by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters — the key monster being Mr Neeson’s. Academy Award nominees Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver also star.