Hope Springs


Hope Springs (M) (sexual references)

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell 
Director: David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me) 
Screening at Reading Cinemas: Thu Mon Tue Wed: 11:45 2:00 6:15 8:30, Fri: 11:15 1:30 5:45, Sat Sun: 11:00 1:15 6:15

By Sally Burgess 

I’d only just got over Meryl Streep’s transformation into Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, so it took a few minutes to adjust to the opening scenes for Hope Springs, where her frustrated character Kay is trying to seduce her grizzled grump of a husband Arnold (Jones). But again, Streep the actress disappears, and we are soon feeling ever so bad for Kay and her attempts to rekindle the physical spark that died out somewhere along her 30-year marriage. 

Out of desperation, Kay books a week long intensive couples’ therapy course in the town of Hope Springs with Dr. Feld (Carell) and you’ll be rooting for Kay and Arnold too (figuratively speaking) as they learn all over again how to talk to each other, touch each other, and…well I can’t say what but a scene in a dark movie theatre is worth the price of admission if only to see the look on Arnold’s face. 

Carell is superb, dialling down the comedian to show a more serious side, and he is fast becoming one of my favourite actors, but Streep and Jones are magnificent together. I felt a bit awkward for them as they tried to get more in touch with their sexy sides, but after a summer of dark, brooding blockbusters, this was a breath of fresh air and I laughed out loud a few times. 

There might just be a few beds pushed together after seeing Hope Springs. I hope so, just don’t tell me about it!