Day 23 – The Glass Castle (2017)

I had high expectations for The Glass Castle because of the combination of director Destin Daniel Cretton and Brie Larson, who together did the amazing film Short Term 12. I think that if some little things had been tweaked from this film, The Glass Castle would have been a standout, but because of those little things, it instead becomes a very forgettable film.

My main thing about this movie is its uneven tone. I can often forgive that aspect of a film because I understand that you need ups and downs, the problem is that those two tones that are in the film feel so disconnected that it’s often jarring. It’s something that could have been fixed easily, by probably just putting everything in chronological order and so have the tone change with the actions that were taking place on screen but because that wasn’t done, we end up with a film that just can’t quite decide what it wants to be.

And it’s a shame really because the tone takes you out of the amazing acting that is taking place on screen. Brie Larson is like always stellar and deserves all the praise she gets with her roles. The pairings in the film also work really well. All the kids are great together, including the scenes with Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts. I think the best chemistry is definitely between Larson and Harrelson really.

The Glass Castle is based on a memoir and so it’s hard to watch without thinking that this happened to someone, that is real life. And maybe if you look at it that way you can forgive it’s faults. But not completely. Is it perfect? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes. But will I remember it in 10 days? Probably not, and that’s a real shame.

Day 22 – Almost Famous (2000)

I didn’t realize until after watching Almost Famous that this film was based on Cameron Crowe own story. It’s something that I didn’t realize was true because it seems so out there and yet after reading on him, it makes so much sense. A young prodigy becomes a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, that is insane and yet it happened. It’s the perfect premise for a movie and thank god Crowe wanted to put it on film because it works so well.

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Day 21 – Glass (2019)

I’ve always said that Shyamalan biggest problem was that he tends to overwrite things and always needs a twist ending even if it’s not really needed to make the film. And that is the biggest problem with Glass, the ending just feels like Shyamalan thought to himself that he needed a twist, opened a comic book and just pulled the first thing he saw. It doesn’t work because before that moment nothing about that twist had been hinted at.

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Day 20 – Split (2016)

I feel like Split works better outside the idea of this trilogy that is Unbreakable, Split and Glass then it does in this trilogy. Yes, McAvoy is great in Glass (I will talk about him in the next review) but I think that the idea of Shyamalan always needing a twist ending is something that is not always needed. While I am sure it worked really well in theatres, I just feel like while it’s cool and all, it’s not necessary.

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Day 19 – Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable might just be one of the best superhero movies out there and a great deconstruction of the superhero genre. It’s this kind of movie that looking at it from the surface is a Superman origin story. The indestructible man with a weakness who faces an archenemies who orchestrate everything from behind the scene. It’s a fascinating movie that creates amazing performances from both Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

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