Jan 23, 2014

Movie Review: August: Osage County

If you've ever seen a movie about a dysfunctional family, throw these thoughts out the door because the Westons are here.

They will tackle each and every issue you may ever consider; drug abuse, alcoholism, betrayal and infidelity..to mention a few.

Walking into the cinema hall i was prepared to watch 'A' class outstanding acting, the kind that can and will floor you. Meryl Streep is exquisite, her portrayal of raw human emotions as well as her seamless transitions between extremes is breath taking for someone who watches movies often for the acting.

The film allows us an insider look at the intimate and personal struggles a family goes throw when experiencing loss.

Beverly Weston (Sam Shepherd), as well as each of the 12 main characters, gives an effortless and immaculate depiction of a man who's given up. With an opening line of "My wife takes pills, and I drink. That's the bargain we've struck." you're possibly prepared for what's next but trust me when i say, you're not.

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.

Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) makes her first appearance and your jaw drops, this woman, this artist, is nothing short of a genius. In walks this weak and exhausted woman who with her violent and bitter character demands your silence and tolerance.

The drugged up and somewhat vile woman will win your heart as well as an Oscar. and with every character introduced it seems like they are in a competition to win poster-person of the dysfunctional, self destructive party. Close in second place is Barbara as the eldest daughter (Julia Roberts), a punching bag, banged up, betrayed yet hard as a rock pillar that may as well be the backbone of this family. I don't mean to spoil the movie for you, but this is probably the best role of her life.

Between the sensitive and fragile Ivy Watson (Juliann Nicholson) and the short yet powerful appearance of flustered Little Charles (Benedict Cumberbatch) you don't know who starts and who ends where. The conflict between reality and what is, will make you question your own logic.

It is not an easy movie to watch, you will laugh, you will feel every plate break, you will hurt and you may even cry. Not a dull moment in this one, and to put things into perspective, you may love it or absolutely hate it.

I hope you watch it with good company, my theater experience wasn't all pleasant, people should really read about or watch the trailer of the movie they're watching rather than make jokes and complain / be on their phone / get up and leave, ruining other's experience.

Watch out for 'fear' you will love it, remember me.

Finally the quote that striked me the most, and has made it to my FB status & Twitter was Barbara heart-wrenching line: "Thank God we can't tell the future, or we'd never get out of bed."

B points
(only cuz idiots kept talking and making jokes in the theater)