#TheGlassCastle is based on the best-selling memoir by #JeannetteWalls that spent over 5 years in the The New York Times Best Seller list!
The main problem with this film versus the Jeannette Walls’ wonderful novel is the fact as readers we can see how terrible her parents could be but also how much she loved them.
Jeannette Walls’ parents, played by #WoodyHarrelson and #NaomiWatts, escape being labelled monster because the film has been written to make them look better than they really were. This is the paradox. They were bad parents and their children are lucky to not only have survived but flourished. But they weren’t at heart bad people. They made mistakes but were loved and gave their children life skills.
#BrieLarson is lost in a film where she spends most of her time in reflective thought. She has shown herself to be an amazing actor, but she has trouble finding her feet in this role.
#destindanielcretton has written and directed a fruitless ungiving film. The film would have been better as a chronological story, rather than introducing Brie Larson at the start.
Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts strangely appear ageless, only changing their hairstyles! Their parts seem written for them as Hollywood stars, rather than as they were in the book.
A total waste of a literary classic.
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I reread "The Glass Castle" this week after adding it to my September #BOTM. It was just as fantastic as I remembered. (Side note - I sort of hate this cover though...).
It's been awhile since I first read this and it was interesting to see what stuck with my from my initial reading and which portions hit me hardest this time. I don't want to spoil any scenes so I'll just say that on reading #1, I was hit hardest about the opportunities not taken. The chances these parents had to do better, but simply didn't take. On reading #2, I was most struck by how Rex and Rose Mary failed to protect their children from harm but, yet, how fiercely they loved their kids. I think this will always be one of my favorite books. Have you seen the movie? If so, what did you think?