Director: David Frankel
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve
thirty years of marriage, it is often easy to become so comfortable that
you let the magic disappear. Hope Springs is a film about just
(Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) have certainly let the spark
go out of their marriage. They no longer sleep in the same bed, have not
touched each other when not being photographed for years and bought a
new cable subscription for their wedding anniversary. Kay, without
Arnold’s knowledge, books the couple in for therapy in Grand Hope
Springs. It is here in this picturesque town that they realise how much
trouble their marriage actually is in and how much they want to save it.
Hope Springs is a good romantic comedy for older married couples.
Although it is still a good watch for younger viewers, older audiences
will be able to relate to it a bit more. It approaches marriage in a
realistic manner and addresses problems which can become evident after
being in a marriage for as long as these people have.
main fault of the film is that it is very slow moving and actually not
very exciting. The number of awkward silences between the two main
characters add up and completely slow down the film. Even in the most
important and emotional moments, there is no real suspense or feeling
that you must know what happens at the end. However, the emotional
moments are just that and some scenes, one in particular, can be
town of Grand Hope Springs, which was actually filmed in Stonington,
Connecticut, is beautiful on screen. It seems to be the perfect place to
nurture your relationship and have a romantic getaway.
can only expect a wonderful performance from Meryl Streep, as she is one
of the most consistently brilliant actors ever to grace to screen. She
doesn’t disappoint here. Even though this role may seem a lot easier
than some of the other roles she has undertaken in the past few years,
she is still giving her all as a woman who has very shy and has little
confidence in herself. She wants to make a change in her marriage, but
is terrified of doing anything herself.
Lee Jones is quite good in Hope Springs. He has the tough façade,
but wants nothing more than to make his wife happy and was oblivious to
the fact that she was so unhappy. He has some great one liners which are
enhanced by his tough exterior. Streep and Jones have great screen
chemistry and make a very convincing worn out married couple.
special features include:-
Five featurettes- An Expert’s Guide to Everlasting Passion, An
Intimate Look At the Making of Hope Springs, The Passionate
Performer, Inside the Perfect Movie Marriage: Meryl Streep and Tommy
Lee Jones and The Doctor Is In: Steve Carrell on Doctor Feld
Exploring The Scene: Alternate Takes
featurettes featuring Streep are great because hearing her speak as
herself is like hearing a specialist at the top of their field speak.
“The Doctor Is In” is also a good featurette as you get to hear Steve
Carrell talk about how it was to appear in a role which is quite unusual
for him, and of course, he adds a bit of comedic flair to the
featurette. The gag reel is also very funny, especially to hear Jones
exclaim “Meryl Streep does not make mistakes!”