Valoraciones de Agosto: Condado de Osage
I'm a firm believer that there's nothing Meryl Streep can't do. The living legend is such a consummate chameleon that the only thing her movie roles often have in common is that they are delicious to watch.
Tracy Letts won every big theater prize, from a Tony to a Pulitzer, for his enthralling, sprawling three-hour-plus play about the squabbling Weston clan of Oklahoma uniting for the funeral of dear old suicidal dad (Sam Shepard).
In 2008, August: Osage County not only won a Pulitzer Prize, but it also took home a quintet of Tony Awards, including Best Play. However, the screen version of Tracy Letts' haunting tale about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family is unlikely to be...
John Wells has directed a starry film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County, and devotees of the play are likely to be disappointed by it. While the film provides ample showcase for its outstanding cast, the stuff...
August: Osage County is all about the acting. That makes sense because the storyline doesn't offer much that could be considered new or remarkable. It's as big a downer as the pills popped by matriarch Violet Weston (Meryl Streep) but the quality of...
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"August: Osage County", the Pulitzer Prize winning play from Tracy Letts, has found its way to the big screen. Despite feeling too much like a play, especially early on, the story and performances are enough to pull you all the way in, at least in...
"August: Osage County" features a central twelve-person cast—easily one of the sturdiest ensembles of the year—and they all act their hearts out. Watching them navigate screenwriter Tracy Letts' spiky, cutting words, based on her Pulitzer Prize- and...
Over and over, the negative reviews of "August: Osage County" have pulled variations on a sad theme, with various New York- and LA-based critics wrestling with the film without having seen, or read, the Tracy Letts play that came before it.
Meryl Streep is a bitch. Like, super bitch. And she embraces it wholeheartedly in the fiercely entertaining August: Osage County, one of the funniest depressing movies – or one of the most depressing comedies – to ever hit the silver screen.
Eric D. Snider
The Westons of Osage County, Okla., where it is currently August, are the kind of family that movies have always thrived on: people you’d never, ever want to have any connection to in real life, but whose vicious squabbles are entertaining to watch...
Hell, said Jean-Paul Sartre, is other people. The friction between the members of the Weston family produces a sulfurous smoke that might choke some unsuspecting moviegoers, but for those who appreciate fiery dialogue delivered by fine actors,
Tracy Letts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play loses an hour-and-a-half from its original running time, but none of its dramatic impact in the playwright’s own screenplay adaptation. Arriving during the holidays, when American family members reunite — many...
Hollywood is full of movies about pushy and/or overbearing mothers. From Mother Bates in “Psycho” to Mama Rose in “Gypsy” to Margaret White in “Carrie” (the original 1976 version), we’ve seen how they manipulate and mold their children through fear and...
How twisted to release a bleak drama of family members treating each other terribly within shouting distance of the holidays, when families are inclined to head to the movies together. Unless "August: Osage County" is meant to make people feel better...
It may be 30 below in Cass County this week, but on screen it's 108 degrees in August: Osage County. And as the old story goes, when the day is hot, there's no escaping a brawl.
Reel Film Reviews
Based on the stage play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County details the emotional chaos that ensues after several family members reunite following the death of one of their own. There's little doubt that August: Osage County, for most of its first...
Three Movie Buffs
Based on the Pulitzer and Tony winning play by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County is about one seriously dysfunctional American family living in the heartland. When the patriarch goes missing, his relations gather together for support but wind up tearing e
There's a weird sort of pleasure involved in watching large ensemble casts snarl and brawl amongst themselves. It's a Freddy versus Jason sort of pleasure and this film features a dozen of them.
When a movie is based on a celebrated play, the first question to ask is, Does it play? In the case of August: Osage County, an adaptation of Tracy Letts' 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about an Oklahoma family marinating in its own miserabilism...
August: Osage County can be a very difficult film to watch because it is about some truly horrible people being awful to each other. I have to admire the balls it takes to do that in an industry that’s so hung up on likability.
Every gong season gives us moments to relish, and 2014 is no exception. Case in point? Julia Roberts telling Meryl Streep to “Eat the fish, bitch!” in this juicy slice of Southern melodrama which sees an all-star cast tear strips off each other on the...
It takes a while to get going and never outstrips its theatrical origins but gets by on great actors working through meaty scenes. See it for Streep vs Redford alone.
One cannot help but feel that perhaps Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of family dysfunction may be better off being performed on stage and not brought to life on screen.
Shadows on the Wall
Letts adapts his prize-winning play for the big screen, and it's a real corker. A gift to actors, this lacerating look at family relationships is an often brutally honest airing of issues that usually gurgle quietly under the surface.
August: Osage County is an emotionally engaging and superbly written dysfunctional family drama that's worth seeing for the acting masterclass offered up by Streep and Roberts.
ABC Radio (Australia)
'August: Osage County' is classic "Oscar bait" - a production based on a successful stage play featuring an all-star cast thesping for all its worth. The play in this case, was written by Tracy Letts (who is male) and won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for...
August: Osage County is a stagey bit of Oscar bait that gives a fine cast (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis) lots of shouty, grandstanding speeches.