Its Meryl Streep’s world, we’re just living in it. John Well’s August: Osage County proves that a story isn’t what drives film, it is the manner in which it is delivered.
Family is one of the most important aspects of life. They can inspire, motivate and nourish a person, or they can knock them down, showing no mercy. August: Osage County tells the story of unconventional family that has been faced with death. They’re all brought back together after years of being separated, and are forced to get along under the circumstances. Violet, the mother who is portrayed by Meryl Streep, is what causes all of the drama. She is an old woman with cancer, who gets through the day by taking hundreds of pills. This leads her to hurt the people around her with her truthful words that they would rather not hear. She tells the truth because everyone else is scared. Scared that it will alter their feelings for one another any more than it already has. When someone points out something that has been ignored for years, its finally seen clear. Its finally something that isn’t just locked up in their minds awaiting assistance. I liked this film because it not only dealt with serious problems that people face on a daily basis, but it is also very funny. Its crude humour makes it enjoyable and adds light to terrible situations. It’s the kind of humour that can only be shared between family members, because they’re the only ones that could possibly understand. They’re the only people that have to understand, its a strange relationship that somehow stays intact over the years of change. Personalities change and circumstances change, but family is always brought together in one way or another.
Life goes on, and family stays together. Its just a cycle of events, that always leads to the same thing. A family reunion, filled with similar faces, but different circumstances. August: Osage County is a film that emphasizes the importance of family in the most beautiful way.