Sunday, January 12 2014, 03:31 PM MST
Movie Review: August: Osage County
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: John Wells
Starring: Meryl Streep, Dermot Mulroney, Julia Roberts
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Recommended To: Those looking for a misguided film where hysteria runs rampant as actresses go unrestrained.
Synopsis: The argumentative Weston family returns home to rally around their prescription-drug-abusing mother (Meryl Streep) when their father disappears.
Review: Adapted by Tracy Letts from her Pulitzer Prize winning play August: Osage County is packed with amazing talent. The cast, which includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin and Juliette Lewis, reads like an awards banquets guest list, but under the direction of John Wells (The Company Men) the talent goes unchecked and instead of getting the finely nuanced performances you'd expect the film often disintegrates into a contest to see who can shout the loudest. Its high drama, but not high art. Its good, but it isn't as good as it should be. The best performance in the film comes from the lesser known Julianne Nicholson. Granted her character, Ivy, is more sympathetic by design, but without her the story might not be worth navigating.
-Ryan Michael Painter