Yes, August: Osage County is essentially two hours and ten minutes of family conflict. And it’s not the kind where a dispute ends because one party charges out of a room in anger, slams a door and shortly thereafter are consoled and things are suddenly alright. No, when it comes to the Weston family, to be yelled at only means you must yell louder in response and, for the most part, I loved almost every minute of it with only a couple of narrative hang-ups that kept it from being one of the year’s best.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts (Killer Joe, Bug), the playwright has adapted his own work for the screen and director John Wells (The Company Men) has assembled an impressive cast to bring every acidic word to life. The vein in Julia Roberts‘ forehead has never pulsed so strong as vile hatred spills from her mouth as she plays Barbara Weston, daughter to Violet (Meryl Streep) and Beverly (Sam Shepard), the latter of which has just commit suicide, bringing together a family that’s clearly happier when they’re apart.
You can read the full review right here and watch the trailer below, but trust me, this trailer is not representative of the film. It’s rated R for a reason and I can understand trying to sell it as some cutesy family drama, but those that know the play will agree with me, that’s must certainly not what this film is.