Last night, I went to see The Glass Castle. It’s based on the memoir of the same name by Jeanette Walls, which I read in my AP English Language class in high school.
From what I remember of the book, it was pretty close adaptation. But the acting and the casting was what really took the cake. Brie Larson is amazing. She played adult/teenage Jeanette. She played it to perfection; she was Jeanette through and through.
Woody Harrelson was quite the Rex Walls. Rex Walls himself was a genius, but he destroyed all of that with alcohol. Woody captured that and more. He has had some experience with that, of course, having played Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games franchise. And, he actually looked like Rex too. In the photos that accompany the credits, Harrelson and Rex Walls could be each other’s doppelgänger.
The other star of this movie was Naomi Watts, who played Rosemary Walls. Jeanette’s mother knew their situation wasn’t good for their family, but she couldn’t make permanent change because she wouldn’t leave Rex. However, Watts’s performance didn’t seem to stand out as much as Larson’s or Harrelson’s.
It’s definitely a movie worth seeing based on a memoir worth reading.