Cumberbatch plays the role of “Little Charlie” in this movie-rendition of the stage play August Osage County. The story centers around a mother and her dysfunctional, broken family that are reunited after a crisis. Cumberbatch plays a shy, sensitive character that is berated and abused by various members of the family for being somewhat slow and his ill-fated romantic entanglement.
He’s a pretty tragic figure but rather a beautiful soul. He’s not particularly supported at home, yet his father is very tolerant and kind towards him. He’s one of those people who hasn’t found his purpose and times running out – so his mother despairs. I think that’s where her anguish comes…. and other things, as the plot reveals.