Life in Welch

The Glass Castle is probably my favorite book that I’ve read, but not the best movie that I’ve seen. As I child, I was never really much of a reader. I always dreaded reading in front of my fellow classmates and I had a short attention span. So reading an entire novel felt almost impossible to me (I would read a few chapters then never finish). I would always rely on others to read the books that were mandatory for class. It wasn’t until my Senior year that I finally read a book that kept me invested until the end of the book. The Glass Castle is the true story of Jeannette Walls who grew up in a less than ideal home life. Her family was always moving from place to place, having almost nothing to eat, and living with an alcoholic father and hippie mother. So when I found out that they were going to make a movie, I was thrilled. Everything about it seemed like a success. From the casting to the author’s involvement. So what went wrong? I actually did like the movie. The performances from Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson are terrific and I suppose they didn’t ignore the message of the book. The main problem is the fact that they made it a little to “Hollywood.” The book is very R rated, with a lot of stuff that they cut in order to keep it PG-13. They don’t gloss over anything important, but they don’t push the boundaries enough either. So for the most part, The Glass Castle was only satisfying enough. I guess I’m just glad it got adapted.

The Walls family camp out in the desert

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