The Glass Castle (2017)

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Writer: Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham (Screenplay) Jeannette Walls (Book)

Starring: Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts, Ella Anderson, Chandler Head, Max Greenfield

 

Plot: 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.


Tagline – Home goes wherever we go

Runtime: 2 Hours 7 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid, but Overly Long Biopic

 

Story: The Glass Castle starts as Jeannette (Larson) starts to remember her childhood after seeing her parents Rex (Harrelson) and Rose Mary (Watts) digging through trash in New York City, a place she is shining in. Jeannette along with her siblings Lori, Maureen and Brian are raise off the radar by their parents, in a place where then can be at one with nature, having to learn how to look after themselves, no turning to anyone for help. As we learn more about the childhood Jeannette is preparing to let her family know of her engagement to David (Greenfield) and the difference in the lifestyles they have.

 

Thoughts on The Glass Castle

 

Characters – Jeannette has become popular in the gossip world, she has been driven by her upbringing which saw her living off the grid on the poverty line without a proper education at a younger age, she is a self-made woman. Rex is the father of the household, he cares dearly for his family, but he does have an alcohol problem which has caused the strain on the relationship between his children. Rose Mary is the mother of the household while also being an artist, she supports her children and Rex, he becomes the bridge between the two when things aren’t going well. The rest of the characters we meet are the siblings who we don’t learn too much about their own personal stories with their parents and David her fiancée of Jeannette’s.

PerformancesWe have three of the biggest talents in Hollywood here, Brie Larson is good in her leading role, but you must give credit to the younger stars who also played the character, Ella Anderson and Chandler Head. Woody Harrelson is the star of this show, he shows how he could be the most likely guy one second, but your worst enemy the next as his character struggles with their demons. Naomi Watts is solid, but wasted at times with her role which doesn’t get enough screen time. The rest of the cast a good without being truly great.

StoryThe story is about one of a group of siblings realizing how important her difficult childhood was to drive her to become the strong woman she is now. Well, that is the general feel about the story and it interesting to see how it unfolds, but it just doesn’t see like it was the most engrossing to be a 2 hour plus movie. You feel like nothing is original in the film and I am aware it is someone personal story, it just isn’t somebody that seems famous enough to grab an audience, even though the hardship could be harder hitting.

BiopicWhen it comes to biopics you do feel like you want the film to be either an incredible story off overcoming something or the road to greatness, this offer neither.

SettingsThe settings show how the siblings were raised in the open country but were drawn to the big city to become successful in life.


Scene of the Movie –
College.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too long.

Final ThoughtsThis is an overly long drama biopic about seemingly a random woman which doesn’t help pull us into caring about where things go.

 

Overall: Slow biopic that doesn’t hit the emotional marks it should.

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Opinion Battles Results Favourite Oscar Winning Actress

Opinion Battles Results

Favourite Oscar Winning Actress

This round we have had an excellent selection of popular Oscar Winning Actresses but just which one was the most popular?

2nd

Choices – Julie Andrews – Marry Poppins & Sally Field – Place in the Heart

Players – Rachel, Table 9 Mutant, Kim S.G. Liput

Points – 4.5

1st

Choice – Francis McDormand – Fargo

Players – Emma, Damien and Milo

Points – 12

If you want to take part in the next round, we are looking at our Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

send you choices to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk.

Closing Date – 2nd February 2018

Here is the table, (Kim – Tranquil Dreams, Cinema Parrot Disco, Rob – Movie Rob, Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews, Emma – Emma Explains It All, S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason, Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews, Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews, John – Johnrieber.com, Milo – Stuff and That) can anyone take this league by storm like last year?

 

 

ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – A – A Prophet (2009)

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writer: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard (Screenplay) Abdel Raouf Dafri, Nicolas Peufailit (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Hichm Yacoubi

 

Plot: A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.


Tagline – Escaping the prison of life.

Runtime: 2 Hours 35 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Tension Filled Thriller

 

Story: A Prophet starts as Malik (Rahim) enters prison, he wants to keep to himself and get out quickly, but this doesn’t happen because crime boss Cesar (Arestrup) sees him as a potential new employee in need of protection on the inside, but in exchange Malik must do some of the dirty work for Cesar.

As time goes by Malik starts getting granted day release from prison where he must run jobs for Cesar, instead of getting back into normal life again. When things start getting out of control Malik must find a way out of this life before it is too late.

 

Thoughts on A Prophet

 

Characters – Malik is a young criminal, sent to prison where he wants to do his time and walk away from his mistakes, he isn’t going to get this chance as he gets recruited with the promise of protection on the inside. He finds himself doing whatever it takes to survive this, but can he find a way out. Cesar is the crime lord in prison, he offers protection in exchange for jobs to be done for him, he will kill anyone that crosses him though.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are fantastic, you believe each reaction and motive the characters must go through as things are happening in the film.

StoryThe story follows one young man’s fall into the crime world from inside a prison, to where he must find a way out before it finds himself too deep. There is a religious element to the story which shows the tension between Arabic and Muslims as Malik is stuck between the twos battle. This is a by the book gangster style movie where the new person enters and rises up the gang only to want to find a way out too.

CrimeThe crime world we enter starts in prison and shows how things can still be operated from within the prison walls if the ranks are high enough.

SettingsThe film is mostly set in the prison, so you can see the world that can operate inside there, outside each process is where Malik is either sent or finding himself while going through the release procedure.


Scene of the Movie –
The first kill.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is too long for my liking.

Final ThoughtsThis is a tense crime thriller showing us just where a young man can fall into while trying to just get out of his own problems with a large amount of religious undertone.

 

Overall: One for the gangster fans.

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