Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Movie review of Hope Springs


Hope Springs - 6/10
Directed by  David Frankel
Cast - Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell, Elizabeth Shue, Mimi Rogers

Plot Summary
After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship.

Review
A heart warming movie about an old couple who were having a mundane and dull relationship and the wife, Kay played by academy award winning actress, Meryl Streep wants to rekindle the romance like it was before with her husband, Arnold played by another Academy award winning actor, Tommy Lee Jones. I have to say the chemistry between this two is brilliant even though I think pretty much Tommy Lee Jones stole the show in every scene, he was in.Meryl Streep was her usual acting best. The scenes they share together were really nice and touching. It was like as if they have been together and known each other for years. My favorite scenes are at the therapy sessions where they have to answer questions that is out of their comfort zone and the awkwardness portrayed by them is just so believable and great. I guess the most difficult scenes were the love scenes. Fortunately, they were decently and tastefully done. If not it would just be old farts boinking each other's hearts out.
As the primary focus was on the old couple, lesser screen time was given to Steve Carrell. He did act well but was obviously overshadowed by Streep and Jones. Even lesser screen time given were Elizabeth Shue and Mimi Rogers(both still looked great) who just had one scene each.
Camera works was decent and I liked how the editing was done. Simple yet good. Script was funny as well. Director David Frankel did a pretty good job. Another thing I liked was a song by Annie Lennox selected for one particular sad scene which kinda amplified the sorrow. That song was on repeat for a few days for me.

I would recommend watching this movie with a loved one especially with someone you have been for awhile now.You can even ask your parents to watch this. What I would NOT recommend is watching this with your parents cause the love scenes between Streep and Jones might just give you, instant horrifying images of your parents making out when you see it. hahaha.

Best Quotes
Kay: He is everything. But I'm... I'm really lonely. And to be with someone, when you're not really with him can... it's... I think I might be less lonely... alone.

Dr. Bernie Feld: Arnold, do you have fantasies?
Arnold Soames: em mm, threesome
Dr. Bernie Feld: With?
Arnold Soames: Carol
Kay Soames: Carol with the Corkies?

Dr. Feld: Kay and Arnold, I’m so glad you’re here.
Arnold: Well that makes one of us.

Arnold: I wonder if he talks to his wife like that. Mildred, I find it very interesting that you are naked.

Recommended movies done by the director
Devil Wears Prada
Marley and Me

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