Country: United States
Category: Action, Thriller
Release Date: 6 October, 2017
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson
Age Restriction: 18 years
Duration: 127 minutes
Box Office: $?
“The Glass Castle”, Before Jeannette Walls sat down in a Los Angeles screening room to watch The Glass Castle, the movie based on her memoir of the same name, producer Gil Netter gave her a warning: “Gil told me I wasn’t going to like it,” Walls tells me during an interview at Manhattan’s NoMad Hotel. “He said, ‘People never like movies about themselves. It’s just too weird to see your life on screen.
But Netter was wrong—and likely thrilled that he was. “I loved it! I was ecstatic. I knew they’d get it right because I’d been dealing with them so much during the process of making the film, and I knew they were smart, sensitive people,” Walls says of the team that brought her book to the screen—Netter, director Destin Daniel Cretton, and a cast that has Oscar nominees Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts playing her parents, while Oscar winner Brie Larson plays Jeannette as an adult. (Walls still can’t quite believe that casting.
Like the memoir, the movie dramatizes how the author and her siblings—sisters Lori and Maureen and brother Brian—grew up dirt poor, spending much of their childhood and teen years living in a run-down shack without regular access to water or electricity in the coal-mining town of Welch, West Virginia.
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Their parents, Rex and Rose Mary Walls, were eccentric dreamers and wonderfully creative; the engineering-minded Rex, who died in 1994, had a vision of a glass castle he wanted to build for his family, and Rose Mary was a prolific painter. But they were incapable of providing any sense of normalcy or stability for their kids.
Resilient and hopeful, though oftentimes hungry, Walls knew even as a child that if she was going to have a better life one day, it would be up to her to make it happen.
Eventually, she and her siblings left their parents and made their way to New York City—where Walls paid her own way through Barnard College, then became a New York City gossip columnist, chronicling the lives of the rich and famous for New York magazine, Esquire, and MSNBC.com. All the while, she kept her own past a secret out of shame until she finally wrote about it in her memoir.
Cretton wrote the screen adaptation of The Glass Castle with Andrew Lanham. “Destin was really smart about getting at the heart of the book. A couple of other screenwriters had taken a stab at it, and they were good screenplays, but Destin immediately said, ‘This is about the relationship between the daughter and the father,’ and he went into that, and I thought he cracked it right open,” Walls says.