Meryl Streep does not need big budget special effects to draw audience and critical recognition and nothing showcases that more than her latest movie Hope Springs. The movie about an older couple seeking marriage counseling advice opens in theaters nationwide today and the reviews are in: It’s a winner.
Critics are definitely digging the Vanessa Taylor-scripted effort from Marley & Me director David Frankel. The film is being called emotionally honest and major props are being given to its stars, especially Tommy Lee Jones who appears to have nearly stolen the show. All-in-all, this is technically a sex comedy which is never really too appealing to the masses, but the tandem appears to have sold it very well with help from a capable script that does not lean on the topic too much.
There are some negative things being said by reviewers as well, but those do not seem too unexpected. Some are upset that the comedy has the opportunity to bring an adult take to the genre and squandered it in favor of cheap laughs. Others who are a bit disappointed in the whole thing are saying that the masterful acting for Streep and Jones saved it. Furthermore, no one is really mentioning Steve Carell suggesting he was there to make Hope Springs feel less like an ‘old people movie’ and nothing more.
The negative stuff seems really picky, so odds are most people will enjoy this movie assuming they are not turned off at the idea of old people in any capacity having sex which is another thing critics were quick to mention. As of right now, the movie is riding 70-80% on Rotten Tomatoes after about 60 reviews.