The Glass Castle Analysis

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People love books. They love how immersive a good novel can be, how it can allow you to escape into another world, another life, see the human journey through a different person's experience. People love movies for largely the same reasons. Inherent in both mediums, and largely any form of art, our need for escapism cannot be understated.

Oftentimes what works in one realm, fails in another. And The Glass Castle suffers considerably in the leap from the small page to the big screen.

Co-written and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who made the exceptional 2013 drama Short Term 12, a movie which helped launch Brie Larson into the spotlight, The Glass Castle documents the story of Jeannette Walls, whose memoirs provided the framework for a book which sold nearly three million copies and stayed on the New York Times Bestsellers List for 261 weeks.

People love this book, in particular, and Walls gives a forthright, honest, and heartwrenching portrayal of a family torn apart by poverty. The author, and her three siblings, were moved from location to location and raised by a mother, Rose Mary (Naomi Watts) who seemed more consumed by painting and art then parenting, and a father, Rex (Woody Harrelson), whose alcoholism, depression, and abusive behavior, left everyone reeling. Eventually the family reside in their father's hometown, in West Virginia, a place lacking plumbing, heat, and basic accouterments.

Cretton clearly sees inspiration and power in Walls' words and sees

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