It’s not often that I can get hubby to a movie but he suggested one last Sat. night and I’m always game. Movies for us involve margaritas at Carlos and Charlies first (it’s across the street from the theater) which is also an incentive 🙂
The one he picked out is Hope Springs, with Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carrell. And it was delightful. This from someone (me) who always picks out action/adventure or psychological suspense. The cast makes the movie, which is fortunate because the plot is completely character driven.
And what characters they are!
Meryl Streep brings to life the sweet, repressed mid-sixties Kay, who is desperate to revive her stagnant 31-year marriage with husband Arnold. She does something out of character and books them for a four-thousand dollar week long marriage therapy session in Maine with counselor Steve Carrell. Arnold, a chronic complainer and skinflint is outraged. But when he sees she is going without him, he grudgingly goes along, complaining all the while.
Each day of therapy with the low-key Carrell strips away another layer of their marriage and what it’s become. The audience learns they haven’t had sex for five years. Each assignment the counselor gives them brings laughter, and tugs on strings of familiarity. But as the week winds down and it appears the marriage isn’t going to make it…I’ll admit to a couple tears.
Actors Streep and Jones are masterful as with expression alone they can convey so much love, hope, desolation and loss. The ending was uplifting and totally believable. It’s a movie that any married couple can relate to, and come out feeling either smug or hopeful, depending on what your view of the state of your marriage is 🙂
Have you seen a good movie lately? Do you have any recommendations?