Posted on 9/29/12 12:48 PM
This is the fifth review I'm writing today and my inspiration is at a pretty low level but that's life...
My biggest fear while watching this was, that they'd show too much flesh from these old corpses. I was really afraid to see the body of Streep and TLJ in more detail than I wanted to. Luckily, Hope Springs was made in Hollywood and not in France so my fears were unfounded.
Although, the subject of maternal problems of a elderly couple didn't touch me much and I couldn't connect on all levels with these main characters I was a bit enchanted by the impeccable performances of the two leads. Especially Meryl Streep gives her yearly award-worthy performance as the wife who wants some passion back in her marriage. It wouldn't work though without Tommy Lee Jones who plays the grumpy old man, he always plays and their chemistry is superb. The third big player is Steve Carell as their therapist who is totally believable and doesn't even need to use his comedic repertoire to give an awesome performance - it's time for producers to give him a shot as a dramatic lead some day soon.
I also liked the location, Maine, with these fancy little houses alongside the windy sea. Anyways, liking a film because of the beautiful surroundings is more of a thing my parents use to do.
Hope Springs is a little feelgood movie for adult filmgoers who want something a bit outside the mainstream. For younger viewers it's not that easily relatable but even I found some things to cherish about.