Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poster for 'Hope Springs'

This type material (and poster) usually sends chills up my spine but we may have an exception here. Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep as a couple whose marriage is getting a bit rocky -- that works. Steve Carell and Elisabeth Shue in supporting roles -- nice touch.

Somehow, the imagery avoids that situational silliness found in movies like this. Far be it for me to say, but Streep is good. I know -- obvious -- but can you imagine what this poster and still would look like with another actor?

Director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, The Big Year) has a way with this kind of character piece.  He instills back and forth exchanges with a comedic thread and tension.

Should do well both at the box office and as a rental/TV night.

Even the tagline is good: Sometimes to keep the magic, you need to learn a few tricks.


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