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The Glass Castle Blu-ray Review

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“The Glass Castle” is the definition of a Hollywoodized story.

Based on the hit non-fiction novel by Jeanette Walls, “The Glass Castle” flips between two time periods of Jeanette’s life. As an adult in 1989, we see her work as a columnist while juggling a relationship with her financial analyst fiancé. In this time period, her parents (Rex and Rose Mary) are squatting in a building in NY. The rest of the film is a flashback to Jeanette’s youth with her 3 siblings, her artist mother, and her unstable, irresponsible, alcoholic, but caring father. Her youth was largely spent broke and on the movie as her parents were non-traditionalist hippies of sorts. The bulk of the story deals with Jeanette and her father’s relationship when she was young and Jeanette trying to come to terms with her father as an adult all while overcoming past demons.

Given that this story is based on the life of author Jeanette Walls, “The Green Castle” had the potential to be a moving story about family, delusions, dreams, reality and being yourself. Instead, the material comes off as improperly handled by screenwriters Marti Noxon, Andrew Lanham and Destin Daniel Cretton (who is also the director). There’s something generally off-putting about how events are depicted in this movie. Not only is there a sort of Stockholm syndrome level thing going on with the kids of Rex and Rose Mary, but the story almost always shies away from the disturbing events on screen. It’s almost like they are brushed off to try and focus on creating something mainstream, poignant and sentimental. Yes, it’s clear that Destin Daniel Cretton was trying to turn this adaptation into a family drama about acceptance, forgiveness, and love, but I don’t buy it. The ending comes across as phony and unearned given the journey we have been on with the poor tortured children.

On the subject of the cast, you really can’t ask for a better cast than Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Sarah Snook, among others. Harrelson and Larson in particular act their hearts out here and it’s a shame to see their talents going to waste on such mediocre material. They deserve better than this.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? There’s no denying this is a well shot film. There’s also no denying this is a glossy hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. How does it sound? A 7.1 track seems like overkill for this film, but it certainly does the job in offering up high quality audio.

Extras: Lionsgate trailers, DVD copy, Digital copy, 9 deleted scenes, a featurette on the score by Joel P. West, “A Conversation With Jeannette Walls” between the author and critic Josh Rothkopf, “The Glass Castle: Memoir To Movie” featurette, and “Making Of Summer Storm By Joel P. West” about the song featured in the film.

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November 3, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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