It's almost a certainty that upcoming Weinstein Company, -directed film August: Osage County is going to power through the awards season this year, knocking down hardware like a bowling ball through pins. It has virtually everything awards voters love: Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning play by , the screenplay was also adapted by him. It has a story about family dysfunction of awkward to horrible levels. It has an eye-popping all star cast. It has . Seriously, Meryl Streep.
The story revolves around the lives of the strong-willed women of the dysfunctional Weston clan, which had splintered and gone their separate ways until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the domineering woman who raised them.
Here's the official first trailer from The Weinstein Company:
With all of the above, why does this trailer leave me feeling a little... indifferent? Is it because I feel as if I've seen this "dysfunctional family forced together only to remember their love" dynamic at play so many times before? Is it because the wildly talented supporting characters in such a large ensemble cast don't really have much time to shine in two and a half minutes? Seriously, appears in this for all of 5 seconds. Perhaps the movie will reveal more than we've seen, and with the incomparable Streep in the lead role, a film is always a contender.
The all-star cast includes the aforementioned Streep and Cumberbatch, along with , , , , , , and . That is an impressive amount of talent in one movie.
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