Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

Hilarious, devastating family drama in must-see 'August: Osage County'

See also

August: Osage County

Rating:
Star5
Star
Star
Star
Star

Roanoke's Grandin Theatre hosted a bona fide blockbuster Saturday with the premiere of "August: Osage County." After being notified of the never-before-seen line stretching down the block for the second matinee, the manager held the movie's start for almost fifteen minutes to assure that everyone got inside. The thankful crowd was rewarded with a truly astounding dramatic film that makes you laugh till you cry and leaves you emotionally wiped out.

Tracy Letts adapted the screenplay from his 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play of the same title. While he also brought us 2011's disgustingly twisted "Killer Joe," here he gives us the mother-of-all dysfunctional family dramas with with a less twisted and more realistic though still deplorable cast of characters and acts of human behavior that hit close to home for anyone with roots in the south.

When family patriarch and poet Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard) disappears, matriarch Violet (a brilliantly dominating and certainly Oscar bound Meryl Streep) rallies the troops. They are led by her maritally troubled and combative eldest daughter Barbara (Julia Roberts) with her husband and teenage daughter (Ewan McGgregor, Abigail Breslin) in tow. Middle daughter and man unencumbered Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), youngest daughter Karen (Juliette Lewis) with her man of the moment (Dermot Mulroney) and Violet's sister (Margo Martindale) and family (Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch) plus Misty Upham as Violet's quietly strong caregiver and cook complete the motley full house. Their gathering uncovers buried resentments, reveals family secrets and sees the longest and funniest dinner blessing in film history.

The entire cast delivers powerhouse performances, but this is the women's movie. It's a story of the many messes that men make and then leave the women to clean up. The good, bad and ugly decisions these wives and daughters make and the manners in which they suffer, manage, repair, survive and sometimes escape these messes make for an unforgettable movie.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Ted Nugent
    Ted Nugent concert at Native American casino canceled because of obvious reasons
    Music Buzz
  • NFL
    Pat Bowlen steps down as Broncos owner following Alzheimer's diagnosis
    Video
    NFL Buzz
  • Tina Fey
    See why Tina Fey is possibly the most popular woman in comedy at the moment
    Today's Buzz
  • Mick Jagger
    Mick Jagger promotes 'Get On Up' in New York, including Apollo Theater premiere
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Boyhood
    The new film 'Boyhood' chronicles twelve years of one boy's life
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Buffy
    We're counting down ten of the finest episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
    Camera
    7 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Emily Watson plays Angela McCourt in "Angela's Ashes"
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518108254" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518108254&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Emma Stone as Sophie and Colin Firth as Stanley.
    <iframe width="600" height="337" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3fkk0wXDMfc?rel=0?rel=0&amp;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • 'Adventures in Babysitting' is great fun
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Sj_WCLmAx7o?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>