Director: John Wells
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis
August: Osage County is a dark comedy drama which boasts an all-star ensemble cast. Based on a play by the same name, the movie is a study of family relations. Meryl Streep plays irritable Violet Weston, a lady suffering from mouth cancer who is heavily dependent on drugs. When her alcoholic husband Beverly (Sam Shephard) suicides, the family reunites at Violet's home in Oklahoma.
Daughters played by Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson are pivotal characters whilst spouses and other family members are supports, emerging as strange and less than admirable characters. This family crisis is the catalyst to a family meltdown in which unresolved issues resurface.
It's a full house and there are infinite conflicts as all family members vent their spleen as the entangling sub plots ensure. Temperatures rise as the non-stop screaming, fighting and swearing escalates as Streep and Robert's characters try to outdo each other.
This film consists of a heavyweight A-list cast with plenty of Oscar winners. The story moves slowly and was obviously written for the stage. There are plenty of laughs to be had as the storylines develop and the resounding theme is the importance of family values and the associated respect which should be honoured.
Not since Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf has there been such a dysfunctional female lead. Meryl Streep is frighteningly real as Violet Weston, a role which should secure her an Oscar nomination. JAKE
Osage County (2013)
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