Shades Of Words

Hope Springs


Hope Springs is a classic example of a movie where great acting can make up for an ordinary script. Screen legends, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, bring a lot of class to a simple yet deep story of a stagnating marriage.

Kay and Arnold have been married for over 31 years and their married life has inevitably set into a pattern. With the kids grown up and away with their own lives, Kay is struggling to find meaning in her life.  Her marriage lacks intimacy, and as she finds the loneliness increasingly unbearable, she looks for help in Dr Feld’s ( Steve Carrell’s) intensive couple counseling workshop.

Funny in parts, the movie is mostly a very touching and realistic portrayal of an ordinary marriage and how much work that goes into it to make it work. What I found fascinating about the relationship, was that how differently Kay and Arnold see it. Kay sees a problem and wants to fix it, Arnold denies the problem for the longest time and when he sees it does not understand why it needs fixing at all. This conflict makes their story believable. It was so easy to empathize with both the characters who meant well but kept missing the mark.

I do maintain that the screenplay by Vanessa Clay  is not extraordinary and could have been quite trite had it not the subtle touches of the performances by Streep and Jones. I honestly don’t understand the point of Steve Carell’s role. He was perfect in it but I half expected him to crack a joke at the end of every sentence. It was so disconcerting.

On an entirely different note, the movie had some pretty apparent product placement which was a little irritating.


Author: Vipula

Before talking about who we are, we’d like to tell you a bit about how and why Shades of Words came into being. It all started with the idea of “A place where we could share with likeminded people about things we enjoy. From books to music to movies to travel; Shades of Words was to be a place about the best of our experiences” We thought about why should anyone read us? The answer was that whatever we review would be a mix of our experience of the thing along with interesting and useful information about it. So in case you are reading us regularly or even checking us out once in a while then we have succeeded in our efforts someway somewhere. Who are we? Known as Kapil Sood and Vipula Gupta, we thought of Shades of Words on one fine Sunday afternoon. Tired of writing interesting RFP’s and project documentation; we decided to give this a shot. Yes! We work in Indian IT industry. Cupid struck us while were innocently slogging together on the highly intricate job of formatting and beautifying documents! And since then, we have been working together to establish Shades of Words as a place that we can claim as ours. (Because buying a house is still years away!) What else? Kapil also writes some blogs which you can read here and here.

2 thoughts on “Hope Springs

  1. I am a great fan of Meryl Streep. If she was not a part of this movie I dont think I would have watched it at all. As you said a movie where great acting can make up for an ordinary script. Both Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones have really acted well.

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