Brief Reviews: August: Osage County

January 10th, 2014, 10pm

It was 9.4°C with overcast. There was moderate breeze.

If you’ve considered seeing August: Osage County, settle in for a long one.

It’s not that the movie has a Peter Jackson-esque running time; it’s just an incredibly heavy storyline with lots of emotional interplay that leaves one fatigued somewhere around the 100 minute-mark.

That said, there are rumors about an Academy Award nomination for a reason: each character in the ensemble is on complete form, and no one fails to engage with the other characters in their scenes. Would you expect less from Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan MacGregor, Chris Cooper, or Benedict Cumberbatch independently?

The film is beautifully scripted from the play by playwriter/screenwriter Tracy Letts. The cinematography is generally pleasant but at certain moments breathtaking. It won’t win awards, but it is worth the minutes you’ll spend watching it (121 in total).

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Valerie Stimac

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