Hope Springs was billed as a comedy that tackles issues of marriage, and seeing that the main actors, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are favorites of ours, we decided to go see it. The movie, which is out on DVD and Blu-ray this week, turned out to be more serious, a mixture of comedy and drama and a very touching one at that.
Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, ME, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy.
Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough—the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to rekindle the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place.
Atala and I went to see this movie at the cinema while my mum was here and she went along with us. One reason I felt OK asking her to go with us was because I assumed this was a romantic comedy, and hey, it is about a couple in their middle age, so it can't be too ehmm-- to watch with your mum, right? Well, I was mistaken as there were indeed some adult parts that made me glad we were in a dark cinema, lol.
One character that surprised me, pleasantly though, was Steve Carell. I've mostly only seen him in straight playing comedy like The 40year old virgin, Date Night, among others and I was thinking he would be a source of comic relief. In fact, he plays the role of the therapist with no tongue-in-cheek asides, but with a lot of warmth and understanding for the awkwardness the couple find themselves in.
Like most romantic movies, we know how this movie will end. The couple will end up together, and sure they do. In this movie, they also have a few bumps in the road that make it very grounded and realistic. These bumps serve as teachable moments for anyone in a long term relationship and who wants to keep the fires of love and desire burning. It is a 4 out of 5 stars for me. And maybe some Oscars for the actors :)
And now for the giveaway.
Yes, I have a free copy and you can enter to win Hope Springs starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell on Blu-ray! US only :)
Amazon List Price - $35.99)
Buy Link - http://www.amazon.com/Hope-Springs-UltraViolet-Digital-Blu-ray/dp/B0099116AY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354893254&sr=8-3&keywords=hope+springs
Giveaway starts today 12/9/12 and ends 12/16/12
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If you have seen it but want to own it too, say what you liked about it.
This giveaway is sponsored by Sony Pictures who are providing the Blu-ray of Hope Springs to the lucky winner. The review is my honest opinion.