Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hope Springs

Lately, this movie 'Hope Springs' was one of the few movies that is very close to my heart. It makes me wonder and ponder over many things. I'm not a movie-spoiler but I'll depict some excerpts from the movie itself.

But before that, this love-comedy from the director of 'Devil loves Prada' was something that I never expected it to be good in the way that I can ponder about it even after the movie.

This is the synopsis from Hope Springs.

"Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. When she hears of a renowned couple's specialist (Steve Carell) in the small town of Great Hope Springs, she attempts to persuade her skeptical husband, a steadfast man of routine, to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing the stubborn Arnold to go on the retreat is hard enough - the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try to re-ignite the spark that caused them to fall for each other in the first place."
 It is really interesting to watch the movie and wonder if many years down the road, will you be just like them? At the crossroad where you need to reignite the spark and relive the memories together once more. I believe we all need to live and relive the romance every now and then. A lot of times, in our daily mundane lives, we tend to neglect our loved ones and sometimes even forget what it is that brings you both together in the first place. Yes, I bet you that we all do. It's not your fault, not his or her fault, just that all of us go through ups and downs in our lives and so we do in our relationships.

This movie reminds me of the marriage preparation course both Mr G and I agreed to go through before we got married. Nope, this is not a paid advertisement for the course centre. But rather, it is how I remembered what we did in the course. Things like what we like and would like each other to do for us, how we understand our positions in our families and various other things.

Yeah sure we laugh over simple things about how Kay and Arnold interact in the movie etc but it's those fundamental things that made some people head straight to their attorney's offices to sign that divorce papers. Kay told Steve that she hated it when Arnold bought a fridge for her and said it was a gift for her since she has been asking for it. She remarked to say that it was a kitchen appliance which was used by all and it was a gift for her?! Interesting how it always seems so easy but yet hard to express our love for our loved ones, isn't it?

Indeed, if we all try, we can have better and improved relationships :) Question is, do we know how to try? If we do know, the next question is, do we even want to try? Is it worth it? If yes, go for it!! 

We all deserve to be happy :)
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