With a great ensemble cast (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Dermon Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Misty Upham), and a script by Tracy Letts based on her Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August: Osage County (2013), directed by John Wells, is a film that got movie critics talking, not always eye to eye. Some think the script is not that great, and that it’s all about the acting. Others say it would have worked better as a play. Some see no depth, while others see powerful moments. Some see more drama, others see more comedy. Some complain there’s not much to take home after watching for two hours a dysfunctional family come apart, while others think the portrayal of this family is nothing short of searing and vouch that they were left holding their breath, wanting to see more. And the reviews keep coming, from both critics and, as this movie keeps garnering awards (7 won already) and nominations (it already has 2 Oscar nominations for Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts).
Meryl Streep was fabulous. I’m tempted to say “as always,” but in truth she gets better with each film. After many films starring Meryl Streep, I am beginning to see why some say she is the greatest American actress alive. I loved her as the “crummy mummy” (as Charlotte O’Sullivan aptly put it) in August: Osage County.
I love the “odd” title, by the way. This is not a momentous story. Just a glimpse into the life of another dysfunctional family among others, who goes through some rough times one August – among others.