Although it isn’t opening for another month, Harvey Weinstein wants to remind audiences (and of course, Oscar voters) that Meryl Streep is once again in contention and eats up whole scenes in the forthcoming “August: Osage County.” So four brand new clips—in advance in some sort of a Facebook live cast Q&A tonight at 10 PM EST—have arrived to show off her skills.
The scenes highlight the magnetic cruelty of Streep’s recently widowed, pill popping matriarch Violet Weston who can’t seem to relate to her daughters or family without prefacing any comment with a barbed insult. Here she is weighing on Native Americans, vegetarianism, choice of hairstyle and choice of husband all to a varying degrees of acidity. Multiply that by a couple of hours and you pretty much have the film. According to the filmmakers the ending is still in flux but that likely won’t change our conclusion after seeing in Toronto that the movie “winds up playing almost like a supercut of Important Acting In Big Scenes, instead of a cohesive work of dramatic weight and thematic thoughtfulness.”
“August: Osage Country” opens on Christmas Day.