At the movies: Hope Springs
After thirty one years of marriage, Kay and Arnold are stuck in their routines. Kay is unhappy with the way things are and decides to do something about it. She heads to the bookstore and buys a book on marriage by Dr. Feld. After reading it and doing a little research on the doctor, Kay signs up for a week long therapy session in Maine so they can work on their relationship. Arnold reluctantly agrees to go and both he and Kay are surprised at the results.
I was rather excited to see Hope Springs, starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, and Steve Carell because I thought the cast sounded great and it’s always nice to see a movie with more mature characters, but it just didn’t resonate with me. Billed as a comedy, I found the movie to be rather sad even though it had a happy ending.
The bulk of the movie was filled with Kay and Arnold’s counseling sessions as well as their homework and there were only a few funny moments. The sad part is almost all of them are in the movie’s trailer. The movie has a great message – don’t take those you love for granted – but it left me with a sad feeling. The acting was fine, but I thought Carell was miscast. I’d recommend waiting to rent this one.