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Movie Review – The Glass Castle (2017)

The Glass Castle, 2017.

Directed by Destin Daniel Crettin.

Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Max Greenfield, Sarah Snook, Robin Bartlett, Ella Anderson, Sadie Sink, and Chandler Head.


A successful New York gossip columnist believes she has left her impoverished and difficult childhood behind her – until one night she encounters her now homeless father. It brings back memories of her earlier years and raises the possibility of letting her parents back into her life.

Is The Glass Castle this year’s Captain Fantastic? Superficially, it could be seen that way. Both have unconventional, unorthodox fathers bringing up a brood of children but, once you get past that, the similarities drop away. Captain Fantastic showed an idealistic and intelligent father whose efforts at raising his children were unusual and sometimes misguided. But there was never any doubt about his devotion to the children. The father in The Glass Castle is a very different proposition.

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