For those who enjoy this type of movie, it is well worth watching. For those who don't, I suggest you watch something else.
What is it about?
The patriarch of a family- an author- dies. His funeral brings the family together to their home- in Osage County Oklahoma.
The story unfolds as the tensions amongst the family members come to the surface. The focal point of the tensions is the matriarch of the family, played by Meryl Streep brilliantly. She certainly puts the "vile" into Violet (the name of her character).
Relationships within the family are dysfunctional. The story focuses on the relationships, and the brewing tensions. Some of the interactions amongst the characters are caustic.
The performances uniformly are masterful and faultless, and the transition of the stage play to the screen largely has been achieved successfully. At times, you do have the impression this originally was written for the stage.
If you are familiar with the stage play, this will reward you as a great performance of it- albeit condensed from the full stage version. If you want to see great performances from fine actors playing complex and dysfunctional characters, and portraying the characters in a believable way- again this is rewarding.
For anyone else, it may be something of a chore to sit through it.
Revised: January 26, 2014; April 14, 2014
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