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August is one of those movies you watch late at night on Showtime or HBO because it wasn't a big hit when it came out, yet it still has its merits. I've been scouring my TV with my new TiVo-like functionality of Windows MCE for movies with Anthony Hopkins in them, and this is one that came up.
Anthony Hopkins directs, stars, and composed music for this film, which, incedentally, all three are done pretty damn well. The story is one that should be familiar to anyone with a bit of culture, as it is based on Anton Chekhov's, "Uncle Vanya". As I watched this movie, I couldn't help but think of my family. Imagine your whole family, living under one roof, annoying the living crap out of each other. It's sort of funny, because it's not actually happening to you.
The basic plot is a retired English professor and his young wife are staying at his daughter's estate. His daughter and brother-in-law (Hopkins) have been running the estate for years for him, sending him payments each month. Now that the professor and his wife have decided to live on the estate, they've turned life upside down for the others living there.
The movie is filled with a good bit of underlying comedy, such as when Ieuan(Hopkins) is discussing the professor with the country doctor the professor calls, but refuses to see.
"Scribble, scribble, scribble ... makes you feel sorry for the paper, doesn't it?"
Or, when the Professor is speaking of Ieuan(Hopkins):
Mama: "I don't know what's wrong with the boy!"
Professor: "I do! He's mad! And Welsh!"
I won't give much of the plot away, but I think it's suffice to say, the professor regrets his decision not to stay in London, even on the current wages. :)
"It is much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's doubts."
This post was edited by Saqqara on Feb 07, 2006.