Let’s be real.
At first glance, August: Osage County looks like flat-out, unapologetic Oscar bait.
But if you look more closely, there’s way more to the film than that.
Adapted from the play of same name (which scored 5 Tonys and a Pulitzer), which was written by Tracy Letts, the film looks like a compelling dramedy that has enough emotional suffering and good ‘ol familial dysfunction to go around.
Here’s the official synopsis of the movie (courtesy of Screen Crush):
August: Osage County’ tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
Sounds good, right?
Wait until you see the trailer:
Even though the film came out of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with fairly mixed news, I may be overlooking all of that because of the insanely awesome-looking cast. The cast includes the likes of Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep (will someone give this woman an Oscar already?), Abigail Breslin, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch (my word, he is EVERYWHERE these days), Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Juliette Lewis, and Sam Shepard. If anything, I expect all of these wonderful people to at least banter a little, especially since Lett’s play was very much acclaimed for its dialogue.
So, if you catch yourself looking for something to do Christmas day, August: Osage County will be hitting theaters (through limited release) on December 25, 2013.
Source: Screen Crush
Images From: Allmovie.com