The worst play adaptation I’ve ever seen. Tracy Letts’ August Osage County deserves to have a film as good as Fences, Streetcar Named Desire and Olivier’s Hamlet. This took a literary masterpiece and turned it into a weak attempt as Oscar bait. It’s a smack in the face to not only Letts but to the abilities of Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and the rest of the cast who were held back from giving bold, comedic character performances as the players on Broadway did 5 or so years prior.
If you put this in the hands of Willian Friedkin who adapted two of Letts’ prior works, Bug and Killer Joe, it would’ve been salvaged. But the incompetence of John Wells cause this Pulitzer, Tony, and Drama Desk award winning script to fall flat on its face.