I attended a special Times Talks program with author Jeannette Walls, stars Brie Larson and Naomi Watts, and director Destin Daniel Cretton, all talking about how “The Glass Castle” film adaptation reflects on the true nature of the memoir. It was inspired by Walls’ life in which she constantly keep moving with her poverty-stricken parents, two sisters, and only brother, until they settled in New York. Eventually, she became an author, and her book “The Glass Castle” made it on the New York Times Best Seller List.
I’ve never read the book (sorry, I’m not a book worm), but the movie does a mediocre job of bringing it to life.
Larson plays Jeanette Walls, who reflects on her childhood, and order to have a good reputation, has to lie about her parents. She’s okay; just not up to the high standards of “Room” or “Short Term 12,” even if it is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the same man who made “Short Term 12.”
Woody Harrelson plays her alcoholic father, whose constant job losses is why his family always move. That and he has plans to build a glass house in order to see everything, including the stars. He does a solid job, and his acting represents the character nicely.
Watts plays her artist mother, who gets tired of her husband’s behavior. She becomes a bum, too, but there’s not much character in her.
Elle Anderson (a child actress who couldn’t act in neither “The Boss” nor “Unfinished Business) plays the child version of Jeanette, and she does a pretty good job here.
And Max Greenfield plays Jeanette’s fiancee, whom her father disapproves of. He’s okay here.
“The Glass Castle” offers some nice performances from Harrelson and Anderson and gripping drama, but the movie didn’t really grab me. It was basically just standard stuff, and a lot of it is just predictable. Sorry, but it’s just not the kind of drama I’d see again.