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Star Meryl ponders the meaning of love.

HOPE SPRINGS (12A) Verdict:HOLLYWOOD bosses can't even think of original titles any more then you have to question their mentality.

US box office receipts have slumped this month on the back of a summer of rehashes and anyone who knows their movies might think this is an unwanted re-release of one of Colin Firth's most insufferable turkeys.

Inspired by the 1773 words of an Alexander Pope essay, Hope Springs (2012) stars Meryl Streep bravely facing up to a typical marital dilemma. Her character Kay has been married to Arnold for three decades and knows the fires have almost gone out.

She is prepared to act, but will a week with counsellor Dr Feld (Steve Carell) reignite their passion and get them sleeping in the same room again? With 17 Oscar nominations to date, Meryl Streep is always worth watching.

That's a given.

But there's a kind of loneliness about Kay that is disturbingly close to her stunning, Oscar-winning performance as Margaret Thatcher.

Which means that when Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) does get frisky, there's likely to be an unavoidable image coming to mind: Mr & Mrs T. Given the weathered nature of Kay and Arnold's relationship, this isn't the sort of comedy that will give you an instant, popcorn-fuelled sugar fix unless you actually buy the stuff.

Carell isn't in it much either and he's pretty low key, too.

The director is David Frankel who made The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me before few people joined me watching him come a cropper with Steve Martin's The Big Year (2011).

Where Hope Springs does work is in reminding us that life isn't about instant self-gratification.

Its real rewards come through shared relationships and being honest.

The old fashioned ships would roll, creak and groan on the high seas, but they would get there in the end eventually.

Same goes for Streep and the underrated Jones.

They're not a match made in cinematic heaven, but that's actually the point.

GRAHAM YOUNG

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JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY: Kay Soames (Meryl Streep) learns some relationship truths in Hope Springs.
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Date:Sep 14, 2012
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