August: Osage County (2013)
Running Time: 121 minutes
Directed by: John Wells
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch
August: Osage County looks at the lives of the women of the Weston family, whose paths are brought back together after a family crisis. Violet Weston (Streep) has cancer and addiction to various pills. She is a stubborn and strong-willed woman whom her husband has finally had enough. Violet’s family gathers when a family tragedy ensues which includes youngest daughter, Ivy (Nicholson), middle daughter, Karen (Lewis) with her new fiancé, Steve (Mulroney), eldest daughter Barbara (Roberts) with her separated husband, Bill (McGregor) and teenage daughter, Jean (Breslin), and finally Violet’s sister, Mattie Fae (Martindale) with her husband, Charlie (Cooper) and son, Little Charles (Cumberbatch). Tension runs high in the household as secrets spill, and the family is forced to examine themselves and their lives.
What was so great about this film, ultimately, is the cast. No matter how much one would like to criticize that it’s such a star-studded film, it worked. August: Osage is such a character driven film that it’s not a surprise actors of such caliber were chosen for it. I was in awe by Julia Roberts raw performance as the stubborn eldest daughter, that befits Meryl Streep’s equally strong performance as the lead. Julianne Nicholson and Chris Cooper also delivered heart-hitting performances. The storyline was emotional and reminds you of how dysfunctional a family could get to, and how an ordinary household could have such stories. However, it is lacking a little on the narrative side of things; but nonetheless, the story was easy to follow. It is also a very realistic film that portrays the ugly side of a family.
All in all, the film was a great drama, with various characters string together to make a good story. If you’re a fan of character driven films, you should definitely give this film a try.
Rating: 7 ½ out of 10