August: Osage County is the story of a very dysfunctional family. Violet Weston is an uptight, mentally ill woman who's husband has just killed himself. Now her family, consisting of her brother in law, sister, nephew, 3 daughters and their partners and her grandchild, come to stay at her house while she accepts what's going on. Too bad they're all a bunch of 'nut jobs' that will only make things hilariously worse.
August: Osage County is outrageously hilarious. This family is literally the definition of dysfunctional. The two eldest sisters and unaware of how mean and selfish they are, two cousins are in a sexual relationship, there's a 14 year old weed smokers and so so so much more. These situations all pilled up together make for some very awkward and outrageously hilarious moments. The most memorable of which is a prolonged dinner scene that never seems to end, but we don't want it to.
There is not a single mediocre performance in the whole film. This film just boasts so much talent from various talented actors and actresses and not a single one of them disappointed. In fact every single performances exceeded my expectations I had for them. I'd heard they were great in this film, but I didn't know they were going to be this great. The fact that they were so good just made the film all the more hilarious too.
The film features a superb screenplay. Every bit of dialogue in this film is perfect. It's absolutely astonishing. There's not one line of dialogue that doesn't seem realistic or a single reaction in the film that doesn't seem realistic. Sadly, I can't give all the credit to the screenwriter as the film is based on a play that features mostly dialogue like a lot of plays do, but this doesn't matter as it's all still perfect.
The film gets fairly emotional at times, but heart warming at others. As horrific as this family may be they did bring a fair few heartwarming scenes where characters restore the bonds they had previously, which are only to be broken soon after in a rather distressing and emotional scene that will undoubtedly bring tears to many people's eyes.
To sum up August: Osage County is a terrific way to kick off the new year. The film is heartwarming, emotional and outrageously hilarious which is made so by outstanding performances by everyone in the film and a superb screenplay.