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August: Osage County (Movie)

AugustOsageCountyMain Cast: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney

Review: 6 out of 10 stars.

Argh what a messy dramedy. Based on the play by Tracy Letts that was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This is not your Dec 25 holiday cheer comedy. In fact, how could it be so mis-categorized as a movie?! It’s so cynical that it’s not funny. Of course unless you find comfort that you are better than the messed up family.

It’s filled with bitterness, bickering, lots of arguments and yelling and foul language, plus an exhausting story.

It’s all about a family coming home for a funeral and that’s when all hell broke lose. Granted, there were moments of laughs but they were cynical jokes, insults and hysteria.

But it does have a decent and complex emotions plot. Everyone is all bottled up for years and tries to avoid each other. And when something tragic happens, no one seems to care and just explodes.

It’s a difficult film to make.  Meryl Streep was as usual, being the very fine actress as a frail woman who still has her sharp tongue. Julia Roberts as another major actress in it but was far lacking in terms of the script and is filled up with more profanity and lines that did not gain her a chance to shine. However, she had finally came out as an actress who acted well in those more quiet scenes. She has learned to use her face rather than her mouth to convey her emotions, even those scenes were far and in between.

The rest of the cast was more supporting but evolving and eventually a few too many plots, spinning the audience into a bit of unsettling.

No after the credits.

Keywords: family, drama, play, Pulitzer

— Spoiler ahead —



Taking a native American and making fun of her was off color.

The incestuous between Ivy (Nicholson) and Little Charles Aiken (Cumberbatch) was really unnecessary and just an off-color plot. There are many ways to plot more tragic events. This was too low blow.

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