A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (IMDb)
To start with, I haven’t had the opportunity to read or see the play, and with an ensemble cast this loaded, as well as a screenplay written by Tracy Letts, the original playwright, I was super excited to watch this. And I wasn’t disappointed. First off, I think the Academy missed a nomination for Letts’ script. The verbal sparring and well placed twists and turns alone kept me on the edge of my seat. I haven’t reacted out loud so much to a shouting match in a long time. Then, layer the acting on top, and this is a really entertaining two hours. The combination of Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts is insane. The two of them bounce off of each other so well you actually think that they are related. They are also both uninhibited in their performances and its a lot of fun to watch. Both of their nominations are completely deserved. The rest of the cast fills out this dysfunctional family really well. Margo Martindale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, and everyone make this a film worth seeing, and then being thankful for the family you have after you watch it.