Saturday, August 26, 2017

THE GLASS CASTLE MOVIE REVIEW

 The Glass Castle is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Max Greenfield, Sarah Snook and Naomi Watts. The plot of the movie is a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children's imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.    This movie is based on the true memoir by Jeanette Walls and in this film, we start out in 1989 with adult Jeanette played by Brie Larson and it flashes back and forth from the past to the present.  There is a lot of drama and emotion in the film, but it feels like they just focus on specific events. Her father's alcoholism was the biggest thing that hung over the family so the film focuses on that a lot. So the character Rex played by Woody Harrelson has the most development. Naomi Watts plays the mother she is a painter. She's perfectly fine watching her kids eat nothing but butter and sugar mixed together. The film shows all of the horrible aspects of Jeanette's childhood. Every once in a while it will show what we're supposed to believe is good.  The father will do things like look up to the stars and say which one do you want for Christmas and the kids are blinded and think that is really amazing.    The issue I have is that in the moments when it's supposed to be sad the musical score is trying to tell us that it's a happy moment. That's not how we're supposed to feel watching these horrible situations. This movie should have been really dark, but instead seems like a sappy Hallmark drama were we get uplifted by really heartwarming moments.  Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson do a good job in their roles and the kids are good as well. I didn't feel there was that much to Naomi Watts's character and her performance is very forgettable.  This movie is far too long I checked my watch a few times.  I didn't hate this movie it is an interesting story, most of the performances are good and sometimes the drama worked.  3 out of 5 stars for The Glass Castle. I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope it helped you decide whether to see the movie or not. 


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