Review - Dysfunction shines bright in August: Osage County

Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep lead a talented cast in August: Osage County. You won’t find any complaints here about the amount of acting in the film. There’s no denying that the film is dark, hilarious, and deeply touching. Because of the family’s dysfunction, there are many scenes in which one cannot help but laugh!
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The rest of the talented cast includes Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham. It’s Julia and Meryl that stand out.

It doesn’t take long to figure out who is who in the film. True, it just adds on to the dysfunctional family in the film.

The film focuses on the women of the Weston family. Until Beverly Wilson goes missing, almost everyone is away from home. It’s this crisis that brings everyone together in Oklahoma and brings the dysfunction to the forefront–especially when everyone is together in the same room for a meal.

The dining room scene was nineteen pages in the screenplay and one cannot deny that the scene alone is the film’s centerpiece.

Based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, August comes to the big screen just a few years after premiering at Steppenwolf in Chicago. John Wells directs the 130 minute film and he does a good job with that.

Despite all the talent involved in the film, it falls just short of being in the top ten of the films released in 2013. However, the cast is talented enough to be nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, where it joins Lee Daniels’ The Butler in not being nominated for Best Picture.

Tags: Abigail Breslin Benedict Cumberbatch Chris Cooper Dermot Mulroney Entertainment Ewan McGregor John Wells Julia Roberts Julianne Nicholson Juliette Lewis Margo Martindale Meryl Streep Misty Upham Movies Sam Shepard

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