Movie Review: THE GLASS CASTLE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

THE GLASS CASTLE is based on the best-selling memoir written by Jeannette Walls. The movie was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and written for the screen by Cretton and Andrew Lanham and stars Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Max Greenfield.

The Glass Castle chronicles the adventures of a young girl growing up in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads. 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.

The story is about these four siblings who have an unconventional upbringing by their free-spirited parents. Their father is a brilliant man but he’s also a drunk who doesn’t have a problem living out of trash cans. When he’s sober, he teaches them all kinds of things and how to use their imaginations. But when he’s drinking, he becomes self-destructive and highly disappointing. There’s also the mother who just goes with the flow and isn’t all that interested in raising her kids so they have to pretty much do it themselves. What happens is, Jeannette has had enough of this life style so she moves away and starts a new one of her own and becomes a successful business woman. What the young woman ends up realizing is that no matter how far away she gets, her family is still a very important part of her life.

Okay, even though I’ve never read the book, I really liked the story for this movie so I hope it stayed close to the source material. I really enjoyed following these quirky and eccentric characters portrayed by this amazing cast. The movie jumps back and forth from present day to the past and shows how these kids were brought up by these free-spirited parents and why things worked out the way they did. There were empty promises made to these children that were never fulfilled but the one thing that kept them all close was this unique family bond of that they had. In the end, The Glass Castle is a story about love and forgiveness and accepting people for who they are no matter how flawed they get.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The two discs are color coded (the Blu-ray is blue and the DVD is white) and only feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear and the picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Glass Castle is a really good watch that’s full of emotional highs and lows. The story is about this girl who wants nothing more than to escape the embarassment of her eccentric family only to realize that they’re an important part of her world even after she moves on and makes a successful life for herself. The story goes back and forth and focuses mainly on Brie Larson’s and Woody Harrelson’s characters and this strange relationship these two have. It’s like just when this young woman thinks her father is the biggest loser she’s ever known, he steps up to the plate and surprises her with his unconditional love even though he knows that she’s embarrassed by him. Destin Daniel Cretton did a great job bringing this biographical drama to life and the entire cast delivered some fantastic performances with these characters of theirs. As touching and serious as things get for this family, there’s also a little humor to go along with it all, courtesy of Mr. Woody Harrelson who never disappoints. The Glass Castle will be available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on November 7th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 127 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include four behind-the-scenes featurettes, nine deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 9 Deleted Scenes (09:32)
  • The Glass Castle: Memoir to Movie (25:48)
  • A Conversation with Jeannette Walls (15:24)
  • Making of “Summer Storm” by Joel P West (03:22)
  • Scoring The Glass Castle (04:06)
  • Digital HD Copy


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