The Glass Castle Movie Review
About as mediocre as a film can get. The Glass Castle features some solid performances and feautres a fascinating story, but the odd tonal decisions and the films manipulative tendencies make it a frustrating bore.
Woody Harrelson is the star of this film, and he's pretty great. The film botches it's attempt to give him an earned emotional arc, but he sells it as best he can. Brie Larson is fine, I guess. She really doesn't get to do much. The kids are fine, and Naomi Watts stays trying in these mediocre indie films.
The film is ultimately a really sad and disturbing true story, but it's told in a uplifting and heartwarming way, which makes for some really strange scenes. Some dark stuff is going down, but the music swells and you're supposed to feel a way I was the total opposite of. The ending is not earned on any level.
There's nothing really bad about this film, but aside from Harrelson's efforts, there's really not much to praise about The Glass Castle either. It's just kind of a dud. I don't think I've forgotten a film faster this year.
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