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August: Osage County Review

August: Osage County Rating: 3.16/5

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August: Osage County Movie Review

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times Of India

The film is full of angry exchanges and confrontations, mostly between the drugged-up Violet and Barbara, who gives as good as she gets. At regular intervals, various crazy secrets of the family emerge. Streep stands out as the unbalanced matriarch. Roberts too is someone to watch out for. In fact, there’s not one weak link in the portrayals of this train-wreck of a family. The music by Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel) helps add to the dramatic tension in the film, generously laced as it is with dark humour and plot twists aplenty.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

Dysfunctional families on the big screen have been a big draw in the recent years (Breslin starrer Little Miss Sunshine comes to mind) when tackled with extreme care. While August Osage County starts off by giving you a small lump in the throat, it leaves one wondering in the end if you sympathise less with human failings when they are up in your face screaming for attention.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

‘August Osage County’, based on a play of the same name, has a stellar cast. But the story feels static, and slurry. Violet’s sister and husband, her daughters, their men, and a grand-daughter fill up the large house with chatter. But as the days go by, and the shocking news of the husband’s end comes in, we are plunged in the midst of a family drama that could have been a better film, if it was better written.

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    Emotionally multi-layered, gravely funny and deeply-moving at some parts! [3.5/5]

    Towards the end, when a moody, erratic, unstable mother [Meryl Streep in a tailor-made role] confesses to one of her daughters that she had always known that her late husband had a secret affair with her own sister and even they both had a son together, little she knew that the daughter has already fallen in love with the same cousin who’s none else but her half-brother. Moments later, the daughter walks off the place crying and the mother asks in plain inexperience, “Who’s the injured party here?”

    John Wells’ family-drama or rather dysfunctional family-drama AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY has plenty of such good black humor illustrations coming out from left, right and centre with the exposé of dark secrets everyone in the family holds. Supported well by an imposing cast, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is an emotionally multi-layered, gravely funny and sometimes a deeply-moving film to watch!

    Soon after the accidental death; also suspected as suicidal affair of Beverly Weston [Sam Shepard], everyone related by blood and affinity to the third degree joins Violet [Meryl] in her sufferings to deal with the current loss and an incurable illness to fight for. The visitors include her eldest daughter Barbara [Played by Julia Roberts] with her separated husband [Ewan McGregor] and teenage daughter, second daughter Karen [Juliette Lewis] with her latest boyfriend, youngest daughter Ivy [Played by Julianne Nicholson] and the family of Violet’s sister. At first, it may seem and sound a strong emotional family re-union that comes together in the times of despair but soon you enter their lives, you get amazed by the dark secrets and the darker inner of their characters. The best part is that it never attacks to make you feel sorry for them, in fact the plot unravels itself in such a delectable manner that you would bound to smile till you burst in giggles.

    Meryl Streep plays a drug-addict fighting with mouth-cancer and that appears totally in-sync with her loud-mouthed, mean and morose housewife who never stops being argumentative about things and blasting on others. She even doesn’t miss any of chances to put others down, no matter how close she/he is to her. Her intensive mood-swings are worth watching.

    Julia Roberts’ Barbara can equally be judgmental, dominating and ruthlessly practical. Watch her on the dining table scene where she jumps, bumps and wrestles with her mother to seize the addictive tablets from her. She is perfect to her part. On others, Juliette Lewis manages to create some comical ‘oh, how can you be so dumb’ moments. Julienne Nicholson gives a sensible performance in her cutely amusing love portions with her cousin in the film, the nervous, anxious but overtly emotional soul ‘Little Charles’ played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Though he’s there in just for a couple of scenes, still he grabs yours attention with a sincere performance.

    Overall, it is a film that establishes no one is pure, no one is what he/she looks like and no one is so simple to deal with but then, that’s life. It’s complicated, intricate, difficult but in your face. Dark humor subtly weaved in the plot and a charmingly beautiful cast makes it a good sight for eyes with a constant smile! Watch it. [3.5/5]

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