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August: Osage County - Movie Review

Verdict - “A movie led with tremendous performances from Streep and Roberts”

August: Osage County (film) is inspired from a stage play written by Tracy Letts where the plot onsets with the three daughters of the Weston family gather together for their father's funeral who was sick and tired with his miserable lifestyle and committed a suicide. Being the elder person of the family, Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) was addicted to chancy perilous pills which compels her to think in an eccentric way which often concerns to her daughter's feelings. Having been surrounded in a catastrophic vibe, things start to unfold in a ruinous manner which results in appalling arguments.

Inspired from a three hour stage play, August: Osage County is a great ensemble of cast who were exempted with a storyline and were asked to play as naturally as they can which resulted with an accurate presentation in an innate modus. And that's one of the foremost reasons I assert that Osage County is a movie which was primarily based on acting other than the story. Every actor in the movie were provided with an immense moment in which they display the character's intention and how they differ from each other's feelings and aspirations.

Out of all the performances, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts excelled in the limelight and I strongly believe in them getting nominated for the Oscars this year. Their pragmatic approach and the inexplicable conversations shared were penetrating and extreme for the most part. Director John Wells had done the most vital thing my leaving the actors play themselves contentedly without any pressure in hurrying up the scene. But in a story point of view the movie was a let down, the writing was quite underwhelming and they were few muffled unnecessary sequences which took me out of the drama abruptly.

Nevertheless, August: Osage County is a dark depressing drama powered with terrific performances from Streep and Roberts. It's rather upsetting than entertaining and will totally depend on how you receive these melodramatic subjects. Not my topmost recommendation for everybody, but if you do have the intent watch it once.

My Rating - 3.5/5
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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