It’s August in Osage County Oaklahoma and Beverly Weston has killed himself.
It’s not of course. It’s late November in Kandy Sri Lanka and a certain young blogger has just settled down to write.
Today I watched August: Osage County. Certainly not the first time I watched it and definitely not the last either.
“Life is very long” – T.S Eliot.
From it’s opening quote to it’s ending scene the movie is a masterpiece in household drama and is an interesting take on the normal, almost cliched revisiting-your-roots-and-thus-digging-up-painful-memories standard.
The acting is brilliant as is to be expected by the most nominated actress in history, Meryl Fricking Streep. Her act is closely followed by the worthy also-ran: Julia Roberts, shedding her red-carpet glamour for a bitchy-hard-as-nails mother persona which at times entertains and at others horrify.
The support cast, strewn with household names like Benedict Cumberbatch and Ewan McGregor doesn’t disappoint either but what was truly amazing about the movie was the soundtrack.
Composed of almost all instrumentals except the stereotyped country track and the moving “Last Mile Home” by fricking Kings Of Leon, the soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to this movie. Never too loud or ostentatious yet always present and subtle, this never shouts out instructions to the readers (FEEL SAD NOW!) but somehow perfectly augments the action on screen.
The story is marvellous, detailed and richly adorned with minute character traits and flaws that help bring out the best in the story and plot. Is it imperative that the readers know that Julia Robert’s teenage daughter is a sophisticated and precocious little shit who is only 14 and would LUUURVE to smoke pot? Maybe not but it’s still there and it’s good.
Amazing movie with crisp and clear dialogue.
If it weren’t for the blistering sun and scorching earth (That sounds like a good book title no?), I would move to Oaklahoma with it’s quaint, strong and full of life people.
I mean movies aren’t lying right? About people and settings and such?
1. If an older guy/girl approaches you and offers you pot secretly, don’t just smile and gasp ambiguously.
I’m kidding. Do whatever you feel like doing but be careful. Said guy/girl may try to touch you inappropriately.
2. Beware of ‘Injun’ Housekeepers wielding spades.
3. Pork Pippi Longstockings and expect a huge load of indignation and self-righteousness from your spouse. If you don’t have a spouse…
continue porking Pippi Longstockings.
4. Have a paragraph in your Marriage Contract allowing for personal faults. It saves the cost of divorce later.
5. Run away from deranged, drug-addled matriarchs. RUN!
Whoa, a shit load of lessons. Obviously some of them are meant to be funny although if you didn’t laugh well….sorry….I tried.
I call Accomplishment.