Hollywood does white trash

The Glass Castle Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton Though taken from the eponymous book of the same name, the hacked up saga of a writer from a dysfunctional nomadic family commands grudging respect by force of the above-average performances of the key players, Brie Larson and Naomi Watts, as well as sour, volatile, vitriolic Woody Harrelson as the soused paterfamilias of a mess of children.  He cannot hold a job but means well, despite bouts of bullying and manipulativeness, some cruelty, self-inflicted wounds, and helpless self-loathing.  (Interpretation: He couldn't drink so much if he did not want to drown his lack of achievement and dissatisfactions in brown-bottle redemption.) The long-suffering mother played by Watts is a painter, though her gifts are scarcely noticed or respected by her soused spouse. The eldest of the four children is played tremulously and wisely by Brie Larsen, so tremendous in Room....(Read Full Post)