Film Review The Glass Castle
Film Review The Glass Castle – The Glass Castle is drama film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The film is based on Jeannette Walls’s 2005 memoir of the same name and is written by Cretton, Andrew Lanham, and Marti Noxon.
The story follows a young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family, THE GLASS CASTLE is a remarkable story of unconditional love. Oscar (R) winner Brie 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 (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her terms.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Directed: Destin Daniel Cretton
Produced: Gil Netter, Ken Kao
Screenplay: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham
Based on: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Music: Joel P. West
Cinematography: Brett Pawlak
Edited: Nat Sanders
Production company: Gil Netter Productions
Release date: August 11, 2017 (United States)
Running time: 127 minutes
Country: United States
– Brie Larson as Jeannette
– Woody Harrelson as Rex
– Naomi Watts as Rose Mary
– Ella Anderson as Young Jeannette
– Chandler Head as Youngest Jeannette
– Max Greenfield as David
– Josh Caras as Brian
– Charlie Shotwell as Young Brian
– Iain Armitage as Youngest Brian
– Sarah Snook as Lori
– Sadie Sink as Young Lori
– Olivia Kate Rice as Youngest Lori
– Brigette Lundy-Paine as Maureen
– Shree Crooks as Young Maureen
– Eden Grace Redfield as Youngest Maureen
The Glass Castle (2017) Official Trailer “Dream” – Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts
Film Review The Glass Castle – ‘Glass Castle’ Production Design Reflects Life of Brilliant but Dysfunctional Family. Long before she was hired as production designer on “The Glass Castle,” Sharon Seymour read the memoir on which the film is based and appreciated the way author Jeannette Walls depicted her dysfunctional, nomadic upbringing while also celebrating her parents’ creativity. Walls’ mother, Rose Mary, is a painter; her father, Rex, who died in 1994, was a brilliant inventor and free thinker who spent years sketching his vision of the glass castle he wanted to build for his family.
“I’ve done a lot of projects that relate to actual stories,” says Seymour, whose credits include “Argo” and “Gone Baby Gone.” “One of the things that I like about movies is being able to see a version of a historical piece and trying to get it so that you believe it’s the real world. But this one was just particularly unusual and poignant because I was telling the story of artists.”
Before production began on the film — which casts Brie Larson as an adult Walls and Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts as Rex and Rose Mary — Seymour and director Destin Daniel Cretton traveled to Virginia to visit Walls and her mother, who lives in a house on her daughter’s farm. Seymour was thrilled to discover that Rose Mary stored her paintings from various eras in a shed on the property. While protective of her work, she was willing to loan nearly 70 pieces of art for use in the film.
“That was a real gift to the production,” says Seymour, who hung the paintings in the major settings re-created for the movie, including the house in Welch, W. Va., where Jeannette and her family lived during the author’s childhood and teen years, and one of the squats her parents later inhabited in Manhattan’s East Village.
“The Glass Castle” was shot mostly in Montreal, where an apartment that was being stripped for renovation subbed for the place in New York. However, an existing house resembling the Walls family’s old West Virginia home couldn’t be found in or near the Canadian city.
“We looked for a place to build it and found a sugar shack southeast of Montreal that sat up on a hill,” Seymour says. “Welch is a very hilly community — and we built a facade around it. We built out about a foot around the house, and then we made the interior onstage in Montreal.”
The film also required the construction of a faux but realistic-looking Joshua tree out of metal and greenery. The tree is featured in a scene that finds the Walls family camping in the Southwestern desert.
“It was built in a way that we could take it apart and put it in a big crate and take it to New Mexico (where the sequence was shot) and reassemble it,” Seymour says. Film Review The Glass Castle
Via: Variety, IMDB
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