A 12-year-old boy struggling to come to terms with the impending death of his cancer-stricken mother is visited by a monster – a giant walking, talking yew tree (a spectacular CGI creation with the sonorous voice of Liam Neeson) whose bark is worse than its bite.
This mega-Groot, or arthouse Ent, becomes a benevolent companion, telling him three fables and demanding the boy provide a fourth in return – which must be the truth. There are shades of Pan’s Labyrinth in this affecting mix of terminal illness drama and fantasy, which fans of Guillermo del Toro and Tim Burton will appreciate.
Release Date: 8 November 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones