Movie Review: The Glass Castle

Based on the best-selling memoir written by Jeannette Walls, Oscar® winner Brie Larson (2015, Best Actress, Room) and Oscar® Nominee Woody Harrelson (2009, Best Supporting Actor, The Messenger) star in The Glass Castle, available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD and On Demand from Lionsgate.

Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, The Glass Castle is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Larson brings Jeannette Walls’s best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and written for the screen by Cretton & Andrew Lanham, The Glass Castle features all-new bonus content including a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes, and is available now for home viewing.

Lori Walls (Sadie Sink), Brian Walls (Charlie Shotwell), Rex Walls (Woody Harrelson), Jeannette Walls (Ella Anderson), Rose Walls (Naomi Watts) and Maureen Walls (Eden Grace Redfield)

The film takes place within current events, but uses a lot of flashbacks to tell the story. Flashbacks of Jeannette and her siblings with their mother Rose Mary and their father Rex. Flashbacks of a very depressing childhood, as the family moved from place to place, due to that fact that their dysfunctional father Rex could not hold a job or save any money.

I am a big fan of book to movie films, and I tend to enjoy what some would consider slower moving movies, storytelling films. I did not read the book, but I really liked this film. I can’t say that I thoroughly enjoyed it – as it is at times extremely depressing, and even hard to watch, but I am glad that I did. I found the over-all message of Jeannette’s journey of overcoming abuse, and her determination to be a good person a good one, and relevant. Yet, I feel this film would have benefited from digging a little deeper into the underlying issues, as some scenes felt as though they were being held back from the viewers, giving us just a peek beyond the surface. As dark as the story gets, I found plenty to reflect on, which is what kept me watching. There are a few scenes in the film that stuck with me, long after I watched it.

The entire cast is amazing, especially the children. Naomi Watts has been a favorite of mine for years, and her performance does not disappoint. In-fact she is so good in this film that I wanted to reach into the screen and shake her at times. Not at all surprising to me is Brie Larson in her role as adult Jeanette. Larson gives a captivating, and complex performance and some how makes it seem effortless. Definitely award winning.

The Glass Castle is by far the most thought provoking, and at times unlikable, best film I have seen all year.

Bonus features for this title include:

  • 9 Deleted Scenes
  • The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie
  • A Conversation with Jeannette Walls
  • Making of “Summer Storm” by Joel P West
  • Scoring The Glass Castle

If you are like me and enjoy films that have you reflecting on life after watching them, this is a movie for you. To keep you reflecting, Lionsgate Pictures has created a Glass Castle Paint By Numbers kit. I received it with my copy of the movie, but have yet to have time to paint it. I’m looking forward to checking it out during some much needed me time over the holidays.

Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review.


  1. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms

    I really loved this one so I’m glad to see you gave it a positive review 🙂 I’m a fan of both Watts and Woody Harrelson, and the children were all great too.

    • Jenn
      Twitter: 5_dollarshake

      I’m not the biggest fan of Woody Harrelson, but he was perfectly cast in this one. Very good movie.


    My husband and I could barely wait to see this movie and rushed out to see it opening weekend. We absolutely loved it, even though I cried through parts of it, it was a great movie and such a moving story!

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