August: Osage County can best be described as family disfunction at it’s finest. A life altering event brings together the Weston’s, a rural Oklahoma family built around strong wills, a lack of communication and substance abuse. The movie takes hard turns for the dark but is able steer back to hilarious comedic moments in seconds. The combination is put together like a great roller coaster ride and done in a near perfect way. I would rank this as one of the funniest movies I have seen all year, which is sort of shocking to say when you consider some of the many dark moments that take place during this film.
I’m not even gonna say that Meryl Streep was amazing in it because that goes without saying. She was able to portray addiction and depression in such a powerful way. You add Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep together and you might have the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of actresses right now. They are great apart but I loved the report between the two. Any time there was a meal being served it was time to buckle up, comedy and dark moments were soon to follow.
The movie is based off a popular play written by Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner Tracy Letts, so the writing is obviously fantastic. Pair that with the powerful actresses I already mentioned, plus many more great actors and actresses and you get a Top 10 movie of 2013. The dark moments are very dark and at times can be draining, but don’t let that deter you from seeing this movie. I am very excited to see this again and would recommend everyone sees it.
Rating – A