Movie Review: Hope Springs (2012)

Marriage. A bond between a man and a woman. Or a man and a man. Or a woman and a woman. The point I’m trying to make is that it’s a bond, connecting to people (sometimes out of love, sometimes because of horrible shit) in a more powerful way. But even the happiest of marriages can show cracks, especially after a really long time. Let’s explore that.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Hope Springs”.

Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) have been married for a long time. And while they have a nice and easy daily routine, Kay feels like their marriage has gotten a bit stale. So she books tickets for them to go to intensive couples therapy to see if she can’t fix their situation a bit. Stories about sexless marriages isn’t anything new, and the plot here doesn’t do anything new or totally unpredictable. Overall I’d call it… fine. It’s breezy and enjoyable enough, with only a few moments of melodrama that sometimes work and sometimes don’t. It’s a harmless enough plot that I’d call fine.

The characters in this aren’t the deepest, but I also don’t hate them. They’re fine. Meryl Streep plays Kay, the one of the two who gets the plot started, the one that feels like something’s off about the marriage. She loves her husband, but she wants things to be less… dry. She easily gets emotional, and it’s a bit hit or miss for me throughout. But I can safely say that Meryl Streep is great. Tommy Lee Jones plays Arnold, the Tommy Lee Jones-ian grouch who seems to be perfectly fine with the dry and sexless marriage that he’s part of. And it’s interesting to see him get some decent character development here. And Jones is really good in the role. Then we have Steve Carell as Doctor Feld, the therapist that Kay and Arnold see during their little vacation. You can tell that he’s actually interested in what’s going on, and he seems like he genuinely likes helping people. He mainly serves as a plot device to get the Kay’s and Arnold’s plot moving forward, but he’s also an enjoyable presence. And Carell is really good in the role.

The score for the movie was composed by Theodore Shapiro and it was fine… I think. I almost never really noticed it. I could at times kind of hear it, but those tracks felt more like fodder rather than any actual mood-setter. Then there’s also a bunch of licensed tracks used throughout and I have mixed feelings. While the songs themselves were pretty good, the way they were used was a bit… sledgehammer-y. Like they used songs “appropriate to the situation”, meaning lyrics exactly explaining what was going on with the characters, things we could’ve picked up on without the “YOU HEAR THIS SHIT, WE SO CLEVER!” use of music. So the music in this movie overall is… fine.

This movie was directed by David Frankel, and he did a pretty good job. Like I said about the plot, it’s quite fun and breezy, and there’s no shot that lingers too long. And the camerawork in general is fine. There are also some jokes here that are fine. I never laughed out loud, but there were a bunch of chuckles throughout.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 75% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 65/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,3/10.

While “Hope Springs” is far from a great movie, it’s still an enjoyable enough little romcom. It has an okay plot, okay characters, really good performances, okay music, good directing, and okay comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Hope Springs” is a 6,23/10. While very flawed, it’s still worth a rental.

My review of “Hope Springs” is now completed.

Seen better, seen worse.

3 year blogiversary!

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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, or good night, ladies and gentlemen. I susally never refer to the fact that there ar emultiple time zones in this world, but since this is a special occasion I felt like I would give it a shot.

As you read in the title of this post, today is the 3-year anniversary of this here blog. January 27th 2014 was the day I registered and made my first post, and now it’s January 27th 2017. Jesus fucking Christ, time flies like a coked up bullet. To be quite honest, I never even thought I’d make it this far. When I originally started this blog I thought I’d last a month, MAYBE two, and then give up. But I somehow persisted and made it to a year. Then two, and now three. I think one of the main reaons as to how I was able to last this long is the support of so many of you guys. The likes and comments that you guys leave on my posts have meant a lot to me. I enjoy writing about movies and music and TV and stuff quite a bit, but it’s really the wordpress community that has kept me going for all this time. I’ve made some good friends on here and I’ve had some really great conversations/discussions with said people, both in the comments of various posts and on twitter. Seriously, you guys are all awesome, and I’m happy to be part of this community.

Now, since this is an anniversary of sorts we should do something special. And I really do want there to be something special coming out of this. Giveaway is off the table since I run on an incredibly limited budget and have no company/brand sponsoring me. Though if some badass brand/company/site want to sponsor me, that’d be great (#FuckingSellout). Another option is of course the classic QnA, but I’m not setting on it… yet. Basically I don’t know what to do. So if you guys have any idea what I can do as a special little treat for y’all, feel free to sound off in the comments or on twitter (@TheMarckoguy) and I’ll put stuff into consideration. Really, no option is dumb, name anything and we’ll see what happens!

And that’s really all I can say for this time. Again, I don’t know what kind of special I could do for you guys, which I apologize for. But like I said in the last paragraph, holler if you got ideas! Again, thank you all so much for the support… it does not go unnoticed!
Have a good one!

Top Ten Help

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Hello people of the internet! Today I am here, not to necessarily give you a review or a countdown. Okay, I am kind of doing the last one but I have a problem; I can’t figure what kind to do. That is why I am here, I want you to give me suggestions on what I can do for a Top 10 or Top however much is necessary. I am seriously out of good ideas for it, so please help me figure this shit out. Any suggestion is good, whether it’d be about movies, tv, music, books, life… anything. Just give me something good, please! I am leaving this task in your hands, so please do it well.

Have a good one.

It is finally here!

Dear people of wordpress, I have gone through with my idea! That’s right, I will start a reality show called “North Korean Idol”! Nah, not really! No, I mean the idea I mentioned the other day of starting a second blog where I talk about episodes of TV-shows. I have started it and made my first post there. It is me talking about the first episode of cult show “The X-Files”. You can read it here: https://markusandhisepisodes.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/the-x-files-s1-e1-pilot/. So I hope you at least will check it out and maybe even follow the blog for more of this. To be honest, this is merely a test. If I get bored with it I will remove the blog from existence. Not this blog, no, the other one!

Have a good one.

I have an idea

Hello guys, I am here to talk to you about something. I know what you’re thinking on your side of the screens; “Oh my god, it must be serious! What’s the matter, Markus?”. And don’t worry, I am not dying or sick. Well, I’m sick of a lot of bullshit in our world, but that’s a totally different story. No, what I’m talking about isn’t really serious but it is something I have been thinking about these past few days. Let me explain.

I’ve been thinking about (possibly) starting a new blog. And for those of you who are worried, I will not stop posting stuff here, this is my main space of work and will therefore not be abandoned. No, I am talking about a secondary blog that I would post stuff on every now and then. The theme of it? TV! And now I can see you rolling your eyes and saying “But Markus, you already make TV reviews here! What would you need a second blog for?”. And I am glad you asked that question, dearest reader! I wouldn’t use the second blog to simply review TV shows, that I would still do here, on that blog I would do episode guides (sort of) of different shows. I would talk about episodes (in order, of course) of different TV-shows. Of course I couldn’t do it of every show I watched because then I’d probably lose my mind. No, I would do it in a certain way which I will explain.

TV-guides?

I have some rules/guidelines I have set up that would make it easier.

1: Only shows I have watched before. By doing it that way I would have prior knowledge of the show and therefore it would be easier to write a summary of it.
2: I won’t write them as regular reviews. I will go into some spoilers (which I never do on regular reviews), analyze certain plot points and say if the episode holds up or not (as an episode).
3: If you think there is a show I could go through you are free to suggest it, but I’m not sure if I will actually go through with it because of rule number 1. So if I by any chance haven’t seen the show you requested, I will not do it.
4: If/when I get through a season/show I would review it, but it would be on this blog and not on the other one.

So that is sort of the layout I had in mind for it. The big question is though: Would you guys be willing to read something like that if I made it? That is the main thing I want to be clear on. If you would like it. So really it is up to you. Should I? Or should I not? Leave a comment and let me know. If I do choose to do it, I will let you know both when and where it happens.

Have a good one!