August: Osage County (2013) / drama
Directed by John Wells
Written by Tracy Letts
Based on August: Osage County by Tracy Letts
Produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Misty Upham
This is the story of the Weston family. When Beverley (Sam Shepard) dies, the family gathers but tensions and unsorted issues get loose. Violet (Meryl Streep) has now became widow, plus she's a drug-addicted cancer patient. Than we have their daughters Barbara (Julia Roberts), Karen (Juliette Lewis) and Ivy (Julianne Nicholson); Violet's sister Minnie Fae Aiken (Margo Martindale), her husband Charles (Chris Cooper) and their son, known as Little Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch). Crazy and even sick secrets and stories are revealed so be prepared for anything.
First of all, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts performances are magnificent! So poweful and real. Brilliant! If you ask me both could get an Oscar. Other cast members were excellent as well. Amazing acting ensemble for sure. Moving forward to the story. It's dark, exhausting, intense, quite depressing and tragicomical at times but the roles are so strong and acting so terrific, that you don't want to miss it. Then again, I'm not sure the casual viewers will like it because it's not your typical entertainment. 4/5