August: Osage County
Some excellent performances in this film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ stage play, obviously led by Meryl Streep, but not overlooking Julia Roberts (yes, you read that correctly), Chris Cooper and Benedict Cumberbatch. Up until now, I had The ‘Batch down as a one-trick posh pony with a side order of Sherlock, but after 12 Years a Slave, a re-watch of Starter for 10 and now this, I think he has finally won me over.
Chris Cooper is understated and genuine as the ordinary guy who puts up with the dysfunction around him – but it is Streep and Roberts who are top of the heap with their complex characters, with Meryl in particular hiding more layers than an onion.
The majority of the storyline could be seen as a bit predictable, but the reveals are handled so well by both script and cast that it didn’t feel like that, and was engaging and gripping throughout.