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|Originaltitel:||The Glass Castle|
|Regie:||Destin Daniel Cretton|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 127 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Jeanette (Brie Larson) has a good life: She has money, a nice apartment in New York and a successful fiancé (Max Greenfield) who carries her on her hands. But that wasn't always the case. In their childhood and youth Jeanette and her siblings had to move again and again and they lived in constant poverty. Her father Rex (Woody Harrelson) wanted to offer his children, especially Jeanette, a life full of adventure. But his alcohol addiction and his outbursts of rage make the situation more and more difficult for the children. Also her mother (Naomi Watts), an unconventional artist, cannot provide for stable family relations. But Jeanette's finished with all this long ago. At least until she meets her parents again in New York, where they live in a run-down building. Now the young woman is forced to deal with her past again - with unexpected consequences for her new life…
"Castle of Glass" is the film adaptation of Jeanette Wallis' autobiographical bestseller of the same name. Director Destin Daniel Cretton has turned the original into a moving family drama with some very haunting scenes. However, these are not sufficient to justify more than two hours of operation. There are too many moments in which the events merely seem to repeat themselves. The viewer has long since understood what the movie's point is, which makes such scenes completely unnecessary and only leads to disturbing lengths. Here the scissors could have been used a little more often.
Acting, the whole thing is beyond doubt. Especially Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson are really great. But even they are only able to cover up the weaknesses of the production to a limited extent. And then there's the core message of the story, which is quite disturbing: Rex and Rose are not good parents. If Rose neglects her daughter to such an extent that she suffers severe burns, or if Rex drinks up the money he's supposed to be spending to buy his children something to eat, then it's all too easy to understand why the children want to escape into their own lives as quickly as possible. But the fact that in the end everything is forgiven and not so bad, because Rex taught his children independence the hard way and made their life a great adventure, is a somewhat questionable message. Moreover, the end is not only very conventional, but also very predictable.
That doesn't change the fact that "lock made of glass" offers some very intense moments, which go to the heart as a spectator, which stir up or move to tears. These strong moments combined with the good actors and a very nice camera work make the book adaptation an entertaining, stirring drama despite some obvious weaknesses, which could have been told a little bit more tightly and which would have been helped by a less conciliatory ending. And - this must also be mentioned here - a better edited trailer would also have been good, because the clip actually tells the whole movie. So whoever has seen the trailer should not expect any surprises! But all in all, if you like touching family stories, you will definitely be well served here. Worth seeing
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