Writer: Tracy Letts (Screenplay)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch
Plot: A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Actors Dream
Story: August: Osage County starts when Beverly (Shepard) goes missing causing his cancer striken wife Violet (Streep) to get the family back together to help find him, this brings Barbara (Roberts), Bill (McGregor), Jean (Breslin), Charlie (Cooper), Mattie Fae (Martindale) and Ivy (Nicholson) which helps expose all the problems between the family.
When Beverly’s body is discovered the rest of the family Karen (Lewis) her new boyfriend Steve (Mulroney) and Little Charles (Cumberbatch) return home for the funeral as more of the family secret come out
Thoughts on August: Osage County
Characters/Performance – The characters in this film are all different aged members of one big dysfunctional family with their own problems, they all have their own secrets that will be getting exposed through the time together.
The acting performances in this film are all top notch with the stars all giving brilliant performances where they can all show their abilities throughout.
Story – The story is about how the family are forced to go through the good and bad moments from life that get exposed over one week from the moment the father goes missing, through the funeral and the aftermath. There are plenty of stories going on through the film which draw you into want to know what is happening with this family.
Drama – This is a drama through and through where we see how the family have been through all sorts through the years with everything getting exposed in one week when they are bought back together.
Settings – The film is mostly set in and around the one house where the family must return too, we get to see how the memories come back for the characters involved.
Final Thoughts – This is an actors dream to watch, you get fine performance from everyone but this isn’t going to be for the casual film fans.
Overall: A film for aspiring actors to watch.
I really enjoyed this film. It is a “thinking film” and not one for people who require murder and maybe within the first five minutes of the film, to be entertained!