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This family may be too far gone to save in ‘August Osage County’

August Osage County


There are films that come along that never get the box office success that they probably deserve, but manage to garner a lot of critical acclaim. August: Osage County was one of those films, being nominated for numerous awards and featuring and impressive cast including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Benedict Cumberbatch, but does it live up to the hype or is it a family get together that should be avoided?

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August: Osage County follows a family coming together during a family tragedy, but this is just the beginning of their issues. What should be a time of morning and coming together ends up bringing out the truth and issues with each member of the family bringing to light just how distant this family is and always has been and may be too far gone to save. The story here is pretty simple, but throws in just enough curve balls to keep the viewer intrigued. Everyone in the film deliver excellent performances giving everything they have to bring this dysfunctional family to life. It steps right into the clear issues with the mother of the family with Meryl Streep giving yet another brilliant performance. As the rest of the family arrives you are given hints to their own issues but never really know how anyone feels about each other until that first dinner together, which is a great sequence, but also uncomfortable from a standpoint of anyone in a similar situation. There is a clearly a want within this family to somehow work things out, but an understanding that it won’t that all comes from the performances of the actors. There are a few moments that are predictable to where it is headed which doesn’t hurt anything in this kind of film, but there are others that might catch you off guard. There are glimmers of happiness here from each character but it is the pain that follows that showcases the truth about each of them.

This is one of those films that will affect everyone differently. The film builds to a pretty heavy climax only to seem to just end with little resolution. This isn’t completely accurate, but will depend on the viewer on to what you get out of it. This is one of those rare films that lives up the hype with the performances and overall film, but may not satisfy everyone. Come home to visit the family when August: Osage County comes to Blu-ray and DVD on April 8th.

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