Osage over the top

Last updated 08:10 20/01/2014
August Osage County
COMMITTED CAST: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in August Osage County.

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Directed by John Wells
120 mins

August: Osage County is a dark comedy drama about the dysfunctional family to end all dysfunctional families.

Adapted from the stage play of the same name, the film has an all-star cast led by Meryl Streep, who seamlessly slips deep into yet another role. She loses every inch of herself to play the horrendously awful family matriarch.

Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Benedict Cumberbatch round out the A-list cast.

The film is very heavy on acting and although full of award-worthy performances, it is quite over the top at times and probably better suited for the stage.

Directed by John Wells, who was previously the executive producer of television show ER, August: Osage County is a film that critics and film buffs will love for the stunning cinematography and acting, but will potentially be lost on regular filmgoers.

The film is worth the watch if you're in the right mood, or a religious Meryl Streep follower, but don't expect to leave the cinema feeling good.

In fact the only thing that will make you feel even remotely good after two hours of watching the characters viciously tear each other apart - both verbally and physically - is that they are not your family.

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- The Timaru Herald


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