Monday, January 27, 2014

August : Osage County

Seriously, this is a movie with a powerhouse cast based on a play. That is funny. This movie. Not so much.

Honestly, I think its a bit over kill on the southern writer tradition. In the last few years, many new Southern Writers make the core family so dysfunctional that there is nothing redeemable about them. That's the case in this movie.

You have a piece where everybody blows up and then they just leave. Done. Which is awful sad to see. And in the end, it was just pathetic.

Honestly, Meryl Streep's performance was waaay over the top. Actually, disgusting at time. I had no sympathy for her cancer ridden character. Still, it was an amazing cast they reunited just to bicker and fuss about. Oh, I guess its an actors dream, but as a viewer, you want there to be more than that in a character driven story.

The true high light of this entire mess of a film was Benedict Comberbatch's Little Charles. And he comes off just a little too late in the film. Honestly, he does become that docile and congenial fellow that he knows he's  not right in this family. And to be called Little Charles when he was probably taller than anyone else there show how ridiculous this family truly is. Oh, but the secrets his character holds. Totally golden.

This story has everything but the kitchen sink in dysfunctional families. Although, growing up on the plains, I don't think any family like this would really exist. Especially, a house like this one..with no air conditioning. Yes, I have actually seen a ranch house similar to this one, but the stories my grandpa had to tell about it..were far far from this story. And first off, not even a writer in that area would dress the way this writer did living in the dry heat of the plains. much I wanted to like about this film, but I didn't.

STORYLINE:  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.



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