The Glass Castle
Review: Director Destin Daniel Cretton made one of my favorite indie films of all time with Short Term 12 back in 2013. I knew his newest film wouldn't be as incredible, but with a current 50% on RT I was concerned. I was even more scared when the opening scene and first fifteen minutes were my least favorite parts being executed poorly.
However, a certain scene happens that really turned it around for the best and from then on I was captivated for the rest of it. I'm disappointed so many people are disliking this movie, critics and audiences because I found this to be a pretty great film. Of course there are flaws particularly in the script with a good amount of unnecessary scenes the movie could've benefited without.
Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson anchor the film with their performances, but also the complexity of their characters. There isn't a lot of depth with the other characters but there still is a lot for what they represent for the leads. This movie does feel long, but I wouldn't consider it a flaw because the amount of time it covers in the character's lives it feels like an intimate epic.
A couple scenes stood out technically with two 'one takers' for the most intense moments that I thought really amplified the emotion. Also people are bashing on the film's score when I found it to be cleverly used. You're supposed to feel uplifted in moments, but also understand the harsh reality of the situation. You aren't supposed to let some music tell you how to think.
The Glass Castle is getting similar reviews to Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans, both films I thought to be very underrated with its acclaim. Both do have their flaws, but both deal with time in a sense that feels long and require patients with the story and characters, and a lot more.
I'm in the minority for The Glass Castle, but I found this to be pretty great despite its flaws.
Overall Review: 89% (B+)