Cast: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Jean Smart, Susan Misner, Marin Ireland, Ben Rappaport, Brett Rice
Synopsis (From IMDB): After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense counseling weekend to decide the fate of their marriage.
Why it could Succeed:
I won’t start with the obvious; I’ll save that for last.
Aside from Steve Carell’s “try too hard” comedies, he has an eye for a good script and fine characters, how he executes it is another story. But, when it comes to a more dramatic piece of work with a hint of comedy, he always manages to shine. For example, Little Miss Sunshine, Date Night, Dan in Real life and last year’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. With him playing the psychiatrist of Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones’ characters I can imagine he’ll pull off that level of crazy very well. Carell has definitely grown on me over the years and has more than proven that he has the chops to be an exceptional actor when he chooses the right roles, and I’m sure this is another solid choice for him.
Director David Frankel has brought us two out of three decent films the past few years, one being The Devil Wears Prada which starred Meryl Streep. Both The Devil Wears Prada and Marley and Me were both excellent films and seeing as how he’s worked with Meryl Streep previously in a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination, I can expect we’ll get another great performance out of her and the rest of the cast.
Meryl Streep. That’s it. Need I say more? Fine, I will. Despite the quality of the film, Meryl Streep always gives a fine performance. If the film doesn’t succeed for the reasons I stated above, it’ll succeed because Meryl Streep is in the film and we all need our once a year cinematic dose of great acting from the Streeper.
Why it could Fail:
I honestly can’t think of any reasons why this film could fail. The only way it could fail is if it’s the typical boring Romantic Comedy and there is no originality to it. While I don’t see that being the case, another way it could fail is not making it all the way to Oscar, which it probably won’t. If the movie is what I believe it will be, I’m sure the Golden Globes will honor it in some fashion. When a trailer is released for the film it’ll be a bit easier to determine its strengths and faults.
If Hope Springs goes all the way it could get possible nominations for Original Screenplay, Best Actress for Meryl Streep and Best Supporting Actor for Steve Carell. Do I think it’s likely? No, but we’re still months away from any of this becoming reality so we’ll just shoot for the stars.
The Academy Awards hasn’t gone for a movie like this since Something’s Gotta Give, and even then all it received was a Best Actress nomination. In the end, I think this will be a really nice, entertaining, sensational film. I have always loved films like this so I’m very much looking foward to it.
Hope Springs will be released August 10th, 2012 and Distributed by Columbia Pictures.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Best Supporting Actor: Steve Carell
Best Original Screenplay: Vanessa Taylor