At the movies – August: Osage County
When their father goes missing, the three Weston daughters return home to their mother in Osage County, Oklahoma. It doesn’t take long for them all to remember why they left in the first place.
I’ve seen August: Osage County billed as the “feel-good movie” of the season and that’s true only because it will certainly make everyone feel good about their own family. The Weston family has issues, to put it mildly. They are the definition of dysfunction and their disintegration is difficult to watch. Every member of the family has a secret and/or an issue that makes them all less than sympathetic characters so I didn’t find myself empathizing with or rooting for any of them. Watching the movie was like watching a train wreck – I didn’t really want to see what was going to happen, yet I couldn’t avert my eyes – and I left the theater with a glum feeling.
Having said that, the acting in this movie is top notch. The movie was well cast and I thought everyone nailed their part. I know some people have said Meryl Streep overacted her part but I didn’t think so at all. There is a lot of language and some sexual situations in the movie so it’s rated R for a reason. I found the movie depressing and didn’t care for the ambiguous ending and don’t think it will be for everyone.