The newest trailer is out for August: Osage County, the cinematic adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play by Tracy Letts. The star-studded cast includes powerhouse Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Ewan McGregor, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney, and Benedict Cumberbatch to name a few.
The trailer is touching, and heartfelt. It comes across as sentimentality laced with cynicism which, according to the description of the play (which I’d not heard of before today) should be perfect. Streep can do no wrong, we know this. It’s kind of wonderful to hear her sounding almost exactly like Margo Martindale (Dexter, Paris, Je T’aime), who plays Streep’s sister in the film.
Cast-wise I have no concerns. Everyone feels organic thus far, and that’s the most anyone can ask so early on. The only actor I’m skeptical of is little miss Breslin. I don’t think she’s good enough, to be honest. She was great in Little Miss Sunshine, and then Zombieland was such a blast. But this is a different beast all together. And I don’t honestly believe she’s up to the task. Elle Fanning would have been my pick. Then again, for that age bracket, she’s always my pick. She’s excellent.
But, for now, this is what we have. And it looks promising. Seems comfortable enough to be Oscar material, but it may be released much too early to be a real contender. We shall see what we wind up with! My fingers are crossed it’s as good as the trailer makes it seem.
I hate being disappointed.