Brie Larson Goes On An Adventure To “The Glass Castle”
Brie Larson will reteam with her Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton on the film adaptation of the memoir The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
The Glass Castle follows the life of Jeannette Walls (Brie Larson) and follows her story from her life as a successful New York-based journalist to back when she was living in poverty with her alcoholic yet loving father (Woody Harrelson) and her mother (Naomi Watts) who always brought Walls and her siblings on the move due to her father’s inability to hold onto a steady job.
First off, the cinematography looks beautiful and the film looks like it’ll be a strong emotional showcase for its actors. Also, its storyline involving a dysfunctional family hitting the road gives off vibes of last year’s Captain Fantastic only that film was fictional.
Even though the film won’t be told entirely from her part of the storyline, Brie Larson could still be strong in the Best Actress race given her newfound clout thanks to her Best Actress Oscar for Room and her involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain Marvel. Plus, her and Cretton struck gold with her other leading role in Short Term 12. So lightning could strike twice. While Brie Larson couldn’t quite bulldoze her way through names like Amy Adams or Judi Dench in the 2013 Actress race for Short Term 12, the film was sadly too under the radar. Although this one will certainly be more mainstream.
But I think somebody who could be very dangerous in the Oscar race is Woody Harrelson. From the looks of the trailer, it seems he has a larger lead role but given how he is playing a supportive father, it’s plausible they’ll pull some strings and put in him in Supporting where he could run away with the Oscar in what isn’t looking like a competitive field. Starring in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and War Of The Planet Of The Apes later this year doesn’t hurt either. Plus, he’s already a 2 time Oscar nominee (Lead Actor for The People vs. Larry Flynt and Supporting Actor for The Messenger). Could this finally be his year?
Naomi Watts, another previous 2-time nominee (21 Grams and The Impossible) is also a possibility in Best Supporting Actress but we’ll see if she has more to do than the trailer suggests. As far as we know, it could just be a showcase for Larson and Harrelson.
The film comes out on August 11th. Since it is from the same distributor, Lionsgate, it looks to go for that potential “Hell Or High Water” slot, gaining early footing heading into the fall when awards season really kicks into high gear.
What do you guys think? Do you have any faith in its awards chances and how do you think it looks as a general film? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!