Written September 27, 2016
I've been to the show recently to see Batman, Total Recal, and even The Bourne Legacy, and to be completely honest, if I had to pick a movie to see again, it would be this one. The casting on this movie was perfect, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones as a married couple going for counseling, and Steve Carell as the Counselor. The story itself was also so right on for older people, and Tommy Lee Jones really stole the show with this one, his negative actions/reactions and opinions kept you laughing throughout the movie. I dont believe younger folk who look for more action will find this as good as older people do, I'm 46 myself, and really enjoyed it because of its story and how true to the heart it is with some folk. If your looking for a great story with a sense of reality mixed in, with exceptional acting by all characters, and I'd like to say a comedy of sorts also with Tommy's part in the movie, then this is the movie to see, I'd give this 3 1/2 stars out of 4 myself. Enjoy :)
Written October 21, 2016
This is a refreshing and highly entertaining film, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones give outstanding performance's. It is a moving and touching story of love that slowly becomes one of being in a ho-hum rut. The story line is great and the screenplay is perfect. There are many moments throughout the film that we can all relate to. There are a few good laughs thrown as as well. You never get bored or lose interest. Any married couple or relationship can learn from this film how not to take one another for granted and to keep their love alive and to rekindle that spark. Please do see this one.
Written September 25, 2016
Excellent movie! Lots of laughter and a few tears, too. Meryl and Tommy Lee were so wonderful as this couple trying to find their way after 31 years of marriage. Oh and keep your kids at home.....it's an adult movie!
Written December 06, 2016
Streep and Jones have great tension and chemistry in this movie about a woman who insists on getting her marriage back. She pushes her husband into going to a week-long couple's counseling session in Maine to air out all of their issues. What she wants is affection and love, elements that have been missing from her marriage for years. As tiring as this topic sounds it's an absolute pleasure to watch these pros go at each other with such perfect timing and grace. It's' a terrific movie for adults. This movie is not for the young, or those looking for lighter fare.
Written March 30, 2017
There's no subtlety to the screenplay, nor the direction, but Streep & Jones deliver performances that are marvelously nuanced—not perfect, but a joy to watch.
In an age where movies hurl every visual & technical effect at audiences in order to hold their attention, I loved watching a film so rich in its acting subtleties that I didn't need to be clubbed over the head with CGI or mucho basso to pay attention. The actors commanded it.
Folks who dislike "Hope Springs" will label it as "talky" & "stagey", and they wouldn't be wrong. It has the feel of a play, but when two actors so thoroughly inhabit their characters, so what? Proscenium or silver screen, skillful acting always shines, and the appreciative audience is always rewarded.