In this family portrait of grief, transgressions and pain, “August: Osage County” is a wonderful adaptation of screenwriter Tracy Letts’ play of the same title. The film is light-humored and moody, utilizing the vast plains of Oklahoma as a central character.
Meryl Streep as Violet, an ill and grieving matriarch of a dysfunctional family, gives an outstanding and raw performance. Julia Roberts is stellar as Barbara, the oldest daughter and foul-mouthed peacekeeper of the family. She carries a intense and sentimental performance. The ensemble features Julianne Nicholson, who is emotionally breathtaking as Ivy, the middle daughter with love life complications and remorse, as well as Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney, Margo Martindale who is incredible as Aunt Mattie Fae and Benedict Cumberbatch speaking in a cute Southern accent and acting with dorky charm.
This film amidst being a drama is riveting. Then Caleb Followill is singing the song “Last Mile Home” by Kings of Leon as the credits roll. Perfect.