Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hope Springs (2012)

Written by David Frankel
Directed by Vanessa Taylor
Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carrell

This was a fun movie.

Meryl Streep is fantastic in this film. Streep shows all of her skill with this roll playing a repressed and uptight housewife who is exposing her self to help heal her failing marriage. Streep is known for her powerful feminine characters that are mold breakers and stronger example of feminism. Her feminity comes off in this as tender and meek. She is truly a wonderful actress and this role is a new Streep. It’s as if we are being let into a much more intimate woman who we thought we knew well.

Tommy Lee Jones shows his willingness to show himself in an unattractive light. Jones makes a wonderful character out of a grumpy old man. Where other actors might make you fear or resent his disposition you’ll find yourself laughing at his absurdities. Jones is so convincing and yet so unthreatening he becomes a lovable example of a scary personality. Isn’t that what acting is all about.

This film is simple and honest. The therapeutic moments with Carell are intense and awkward.  It’s uncomfortable because that’s what intimacy is. This film is opening up an aging relationship and showing the audience the underpinnings and connections that need maintenance. That’s what makes this film a great date movie.

Top 5. Enjoyable for almost everyone. 

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