A while ago I went into see "August: Osage County" - love Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, so wanted to see how a movie with both of them turned out.... adding a little spice with the appearance of Benedict Cumberbatch as Little Charlie...
But the line-up of famous actors in that movie.... mind blowing ... and guess it will be hard to go wrong if you have so many good actors to make a movie... then again all the characters call for good actors as the personalities they have to portray are so complex.
The family is far from being an ordinary family, when secrets are revealed - abuse of alcohol and pills seems to be what has kept Violet and Beverly Western together as a married couple and at the same time estranged them, as the abuse is revealed to hide unspoken/hidden truths about their marriage. Their 3 daughters and family/boyfriend + Violet's sister+family arrives for the funeral and start "talking" and unravel the hidden relations in the family so the tense behavior between the family members surfaces and forces them to open their eyes.
When leaving the cinema one can not help wondering, if a normal/perfect family exists? One without secrets or skeletons in the closet? In some of the elderly generations, they were brought up to endure a lot thus making them to stay together as a married couple despite quarrels - nowadays more are getting a divorce when opinions between them becomes too different.