Hope Springs has an interesting script, a little bit static, but if you like in-depth analysis of relationships or personalities, then this is the movie for you. Moreover, it's a character study of the in and outs of people and some of their sessions are actually really interesting to witness, since thy uncover not only feelings and past situations, but also character traits and reasons behind some of the actions.
Although it is heavy on analysis, it does also feature funny, very awkwards scenes, that sometimes make you cringe, because well, they are older, and you feel like your parents could be like that, too. The cinema or the hotel room are just two examples of those kinds of moments.
Performance wise, as you would expect from a cast like this, eveything runs smoothly. Meryl Streep is just fascinated to watch; she plays a woman that does and knows everything, in the perfect housewife way, but hasn't actually experienced life. In one of the sessions, when she's tearing up, there is a close-up on the expression on her face- she showed years of experience and talent through one look, and that's just something that very few actresses nowadays can do; I love her. Tommy Lee Jones is Arnold, her husband, a very grumpy, complaining man, who's oblivious to his marriage problems. His chemistry with Streep was very good and believable and they worked perfectly with Steve Carrell, the third major actor. He gave a surprising performance, as he played a very serious part- I was actually expecting him to crack a joke or do something stupid, but no, he maintained his part throughout the movie and it kind of worked.
Overall, Hope Springs is a good movie that will make your night more pleasant, but of which you will forget in a day or two. Still worth checking it out, but maybe on DVD.
Glad you liked it. Unfortunately, I think it's one of the year's worst films. Just didn't work for me.ReplyDelete
I definitely can see why you didn't like it, I noticed its flaws, too, but it did work for me, at some levels.Delete
Good review Diana. Even though it does try too hard to go for the rom-com conventions, it still succeeds as a study of where relationships can go, and how dull they can sometimes get. Streep and Jones are perfectly cast and keep this film moving like it deserves to.ReplyDelete
That's what I liked- the study of relationships, plus the chemistry between the two wonderful actorsDelete
Great review! I'll try to catch it on DVD, unless my mother drags me to the cinema with her :)ReplyDelete
:) You should go with your mom. I would take mine, too, but I think it would give her things to think about her relationship with my dad, so I'll just let it pass :PDelete
This might be a good one to rent. I like Tommy Lee Jones, but just so so about Meryl.ReplyDelete
You don't like Meryl Streep? How come? she is lovely and very talentedDelete
Excellent review! I do love in-depth studies of characters and relationships, even if the plot is static. Overall, your review confirmed what I'd decided about this movie: I'll watch it when it's available on DVD, but I'll keep my expectations modest.ReplyDelete
Thanks Stephanie! Very good choice: DVD and keep the expectations normal and you will definitely enjoy it :)Delete