The Glass Castle
review by Bobby Blakey
It is always interesting to see what kinds of films come together when a great cast is brought together. The latest The Glass Castle brings together three Oscar nominated and winning actors including Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, but does it utilize this amazing talent to deliver a film that lives up to its team or will it shatter before it finishes?
The Glass Castle follows Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir of a young woman who was influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father and found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms. Going into this film I knew very little other than who was in it and that was enough for me to want to see it. This is one of those great powerful films that will affect everyone differently depending on your life circumstances. This is a character and actor drive film that can seem a bit fragmented at times, but in reality works to perfection. Everyone here gives it there all with some truly outstanding performances. Larson once again showcases her strength as an actress showing a wide range of emotions and believability throughout. This is true for everyone here most notably for Harrelson and Watts.
Both of them bring such powerful and chaotic presence to these roles that you are both connected and troubled by them. Every time they show up on screen you never know what to expect and wait for something crazy to happen, yet sometimes they come off as normal as everyone else. These are troubled characters that are still relatable and easily the most important to have pulled off for you to fully connect with Larson’s character. As the film progresses it gets a bit deeper and the bouncing between time frames often takes you out of the moment, but is still important to fully tell this story effectively.
This is a heavy emotional film that showcases great talent and allows the characters to drive the story without lame Hollywood gimmicks. Besides the film this release also includes deleted scenes, featurettes and more taking audiences behind bringing this moving story to life. Grab your copy of The Glass Castle available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.