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Saw this yesterday. It was really fun seeing Meryl play a "normal" character for once away from the wigs, accents, and make up. Her chemistry with TLJ was fun. Carell could have been played by anybody, but since I like him, that's a treat. The script could have been better as well, but seeing movies (especially romcoms) that target the older people is always a delight.
^ thanks for the feedback, will try to watch this weekend
^ Go watch it, forg! Though I'm surprised na mahal siya. 180 over 160 sa usual SM cinemas and the most expensive sa ATC (220 even higher than Total Recall's 190). Any idea bakit mas mahal ang price ng ticket for this?
Also, I hope you see it kasi kahati na nya sa sinehan ang ibang movies, so sooner or later, maaalis siya agad.
Baka sa format ng movie nasa theater kaya mahal ang tickets,high definition ba yung napanood mo?
Oo malamang hindi ito aabot ng 2nd week eh 4 movies ang magbubukas sa Wednesday pa naman
^Hindi naman. Pero probably that's the reason why. Naisip ko lang bat ganung movies pa nilalagay nila sa ganyan eh di naman tech ang highlight ng Hope Springs. Hahaha.
^ baka yun ang available na format sa kanila o since hindi ito magtatagal sa sinehan might as well maximize the potential income with high price
Funny and touching movie! Super galing lang nila Meryl and Tommy Lee
If you think that Hope Springs is an 'icky' movie about old people wanting to have sex again then you are absolutely wrong. Hope Springs paints a moving picture of how time tests relationships and even if it focuses on an older couple, the message is universal and will definitely strike a chord to anyone regardless of age.
Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) have been married for thirty one years but Kay is not happy anymore and wants a 'real' marriage. Despite Arnold's reluctance, Kay manages to get them into Dr. Feld's (Steve Carell) week-long intensive marriage seminar in a small town in Maine. In the course of the week, the couple learns more about themselves and the state of their marriage.
Hope Springs is marketed as a comedy but the movie never goes for cheap laughs and the humor is subtle and graceful. One would think that when the couple arrives in Maine and goes into counseling, they would face several hijinks to dig into some laughs but the movie does not go to that direction. For example, when Kay tries to a 'dirty deed' to Arnold in the theater, I thought they would get caught but they didn't and while the scene started funny as the attempt to do it was so awkward it ended up on a strong emotional note that tells a lot about the issues the couple have.
Hope Springs is such a strong movie because it is well-observed and direct to the point. It is an intimate film that carefully dissects the issues that led the couple in that state of their marriage. There are no major dramas or dark secrets behind the fragile situation they are in but a just a couple of small unspoken issues that bore a hole which got bigger and bigger over time without them realizing it. It also commendable how the film resolved the conflict in a realistic way, there's no magic moment where everything is going to be better in an instant. It suggests that resolving issues takes time and effort from both sides.
The performances of the leads are impressive as Streep nails the role of a wife who is unhappy but is clueless on what went wrong. Jones brings in his usual grumpy old man shtick but this time the character he is playing has issues thst he does not want to acknowledge and Jones was so effective in showcasing the emotion of a man who has become a “ghost' without him realizing it. Meanwhile, Carell plays it straight all throughout the movie and he's a believable therapist.
At its core, the movie is so simple yet the issues it is discussing is so complex but handled so elegantly. Hope Springs is a smart film for adults that does not pander to conventional movie making and effectively sends it message across.
Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell
Director: David Frankel
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Last edited by forg; Aug 28, 2012 at 10:57 PM.
God thing makaka 2nd week ito bukas sa ilang cinemas. Sa SM cinemas mostly shared screens pero sa Ayala solo pa din. I hope you catch this guys while it's still in theaters