Excerpt: La obra de Tracy Letts salta de Broadway a Hollywood con un resultado de intensidad volátil y en ocasiones demasiado desatada. Aún así, una película emocionalmente tremenda coronada por un reparto emocionalmente tremendo. Preparaos para el calor de Oklahoma.
Excerpt: Introduced in a fluid, natural fashion, the Westons comprise a fascinating array of character types, played with precision by a crackerjack cast. Letts reveals just enough about each person to make the dynamic a heightened yet believable mix and wisely saves the juicier bits for those who can handle the assignment.
Excerpt: When the film hits its stride during a dinner scene where everyone’s character emerges, it is electric. Unfortunately, it is more often simply a fine, dialogue-driven family drama, each relative neatly assigned a problem and asked to combat it while in the presence of the unwell, judgmental, larger than life host.
Excerpt: By attempting to open the play out, moving scenes around and staging conversations in locations that are outside the immediate vicinity of the house, the film loses a lot of the sweaty intensity that gives the play its power. The screenplay, which is by Letts’ himself, retains most of the words of the stage version, but the atmosphere is totally missing.
Excerpt: In the hands of lesser actors, this might leave the audience emotionally cold, but watching this group of incredible acting talent work together is a joy. This ensemble meshes as a well oiled machine.
Excerpt: Letts’ script attracted actors of the highest calibre, Wells fostered brilliance from Streep and Roberts (and the whole cast really). It’s not easy to watch a family implode but August: Osage County shows us that some families need to.
Excerpt: Sliding between cutting remarks, theatrics, and pain, “August: Osage County” could be an unendurable downer to the majority, but limited to its performances and Letts’ literate, razor-sharp words, it can be an upper.
Excerpt: The Big Chill meets The Celebration meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in director John Wells’ August: Osage County, an abrasive portrait of a dysfunctional family reunion that seems to simmer on low despite all the histrionics up on the screen, but eventually gets right under your skin.
Excerpt: Though maybe known better to moviegoers as the mind behind such perverse pleasures as “Bug” and “Killer Joe,” Letts shows his range here, writing a raw, bitter drama that hits at the heart of where his characters live.