My friend and I went to see Hope Springs today for an afternoon matinee. I was looking forward to seeing this movie ever since the trailer was released back at the beginning of the year. Tommy Lee Jones is always great to watch and I absolutely love Meryl Streep. One of her movies, It’s Complicated, blew me away. It’s a movie I can watch multiple times and it will still have me laughing my ass off. I had a feeling Hope Springs would be similar. Boy was I ever wrong.
Hope Springs is about a older couple who go to see an intense marriage counselor to help to ignite the spark back into their marriage. In no other words that I can think of, this movie was awkward. It made my feel very uncomfortable and a little embarrassed watching it. Now that kind of reaction to a movie is fine, but in small doses. This movie made me feel uncomfortable for more than half of it. Maybe I felt like this because I am still so young and “newly married.” I have never gone through trouble in my marriage. We are still very much in love and intimate.
It was horribly awkward to hear how miserable this couple were and how much of a curmudgeon Tommy Lee Jones’ character was. Half the time I just wanted to smack him across the head. To go on living in so much misery without even wanting to try to fix it. How dreadful.
To even dream about sleeping in separate rooms and never touching each other is not something I would ever imagine for Peter and I. However, I am not so naive to believe that this could never happen. I know it can happen after so many years for some couples. In fact, I know some couples that it has already happened to. All I am trying to say is that I am going to actively work for the next 50+ years to make sure that the love Peter and I have will stick around forever.
After all my rambling, I just wanted to say that I didn’t enjoy the movie. Perhaps if I was older and wiser, I might have been able to take it with a grain of salt. But as of now, it just plain old scared the hell out of me.
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