Aug 22

Wed '12

Hope Springs Awkwardness

Hope SpringsMy 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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5 Responses to “Hope Springs Awkwardness”

  • Arlene
    August 22, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    I loved its complicated but had a feeling I wouldn’t like this movie. Still haven’t seen it but I think I’ll wait until it comes out on TV to actually watch it.

  • Cathrine
    August 24, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    I don’t think I’ll watch this movie after your review! The story sounds quite sad, I can’t imagine a life like that. We’ve only lived together for two years and haven’t had any issues yet, but I’m ready to fight to keep our relationship alive if it ever comes to that. At least by watching the movie you got to see how you definitely should not become ;)

  • Erica
    August 26, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I think the mere fact that you know you have to keep working at it means you two will last the whole run. How long have you two been together now (married and before)?

    Never heard of this movie before, doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy. Even without considering your personal review of it.

    • Carolynne
      August 26, 2012 @ 11:43 am

      This Saturday (Sept 1) will be our 4 year wedding anniversary and our 9 year relationship anniversary :) I can’t believe how fast time flies!!

  • Lissy
    August 27, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    yeah, I get the feeling this movie is more for my parents’ generation than ours. Even the promos make me uncomfortable.

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