It is a very impressive movie and a fascinating one, but though the people are all shown to be human, I could not identify with any of them: they are all completely off the rails and, to say the least, unsympathetic. But it's a beautifully done movie and I'm full of admiration for the people who pulled it off with such sincerity, as somehow they avoid exploiting the terrible story for its shock value and sensationalism; the story itself was shocking enough and it happened. It was enough. It was just right. There could be no other movie quite like this one.
August: Osage County I felt like I was in that bunker again. The play, which has won prestigious awards, is beautifully written in terms of storytelling structure and characterizations, and the story resonates well beyond the confines of the family under the microscope. The scattered siblings and their families are gathered back into the family fold to attend a funeral; the characters seem very real and believable even though the family is over the top crazy and everyone is in some sort of crisis. The direction here must be extraordinarily good because I can't imagine how anything more could have been wrung out of the material; the evening was a nonstop high-wire act balancing tragedy and comedy with perfect timing and pitch, every role a juicy one and all the actors fabulous, just fabulous.
| Savannah Edson, |
Ashland High School student. She
delivers a nuanced and mature
performance, holding her own among the
high-powered cast of
August: Osage County.
Rating: five out of five stars. A fine play, beautifully done, and most people who see it are praising it. I have to be honest about my own lack of affect, but at the same time, I hope I also made it clear that even so, I'm glad I didn't miss it. It's an interesting play and a great production.