Blu-ray Review: ‘August: Osage County’ Is A Powerful Movie

Review By Preston Barta

“August: Osage County”
Director: John Wells
Stars: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor

Rating: 4.5/5

Well-crafted yarn held together by strong performances and script!

An all-star cast is usually the harbinger of a doomed movie, but John Well’s film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “August: Osage County,” is one of the few exceptions. The impressive cast rises and exceeds expectations.

While this dark comedy tale about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family of thoroughly awful people can be very difficult to watch at times, it features some of the best acting of the year, especially from the show-stopping Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (in one of her best performances since 2000’s “Erin Brockovich”) as mother and daughter.

If you’re not one to watch ill-tempered people eat at each other, you might want to visit one of the two other films below. But if you’re willing to witness an impactful script with a perfect storm of acting, then you may walk away from one of the most powerful experiences to come out of 2013.

Available in stores on Tuesday, April 8.

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