This movie kind of caught me off guard. I am not into many of these types of films. But it is so well written and directed. A little boy named Conor is dealing with his mother who has a terminal cancer. He is having problems dealing with the reality that she is going to die. He has strained relationships with his grandmother and his estranged father. There is also a school bully.
One night he is visited by a gigantic strange tree like monster. The monster announces that he will return to tell Conor three stories. And Conor then will have to tell a fourth. In the end, the monster helps Conor to deal with all of the obstacles in his life. The movie is surprising in its gentleness and masterful story telling. A very thoughtful film about how people deal with relationships and loss.
I guess the reception of the film was below expectations. It was probably billed as a children's film. But it does not have that children's feel. It has the feel of "A Series of Unfortunate Events", if you have seen that movie.