MOVIE REVIEW: HOPE SPRINGS (2012)Posted: August 12, 2012
Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep, Steve Carell
Director: David Frankel
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I got the impression that it would be cute and funny. When I finally saw the movie at the theater, I realized it was everything I thought it would be.
A huge chunk of the movie rides on Streep’s performance as Kay, a wife of 31 years who wants to rekindle her marriage to Arnold (Jones). The empty-nesters are disconnected from each other- they sleep in separate bedrooms and haven’t had sex in years. Kay persuads Arnold to see Dr. Bernie Feld (Carell), and the couple goes through intense moments of sadness, anger, and frustration as they try to save their marriage.
Streep and Jones give great performances as the timid Kay and the cranky Arnold. They have great chemistry and are very believable as a maturing couple. I think my favorite actor in this movie is Carell as Dr. Feld. He makes a great therapist! If he weren’t an actor already I’d suggest he become a psychiatrist. Carell has a very calming performance on screen, especially during the emotional scenes between Kay and Arnold.
I also enjoyed the humor in this movie. Even though some sensitive topics are discussed, it’s all done in a light hearted way. I think the message is to never take life too seriously, especially if you have a chance to correct the things that are wrong in your life.
Unfortunately Hope Springs will get lost in the shuffle as Bourne Legacy and The Campaign hits the theaters, but if you have a chance, go see it!