New Hope Springs trailer appeals to the older cinema-goer
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones star in this romcom
There's been a shift in Hollywood in recent years towards films which appeal to the older cinema-goer. The likes of The Artist showed that the classic ways of filmmaking are still relevant; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was teeming with venerable British talent; and films like Tinker Tailor, The Iron Lady and Potiche showed that you can have older stars on screen and still attract an audience purely by having a good plot and some decent acting on show. To this list we can add Hope Springs, a romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones.
The pair play Maeve and Arnold Soames, a couple who have been together for the best part of their lives. When Maeve starts fearing that their relationship has lost its spark, she suggests they visit marriage counsellor Bernie (Steve Carrell) to help sort things out.
It's the sort of pitch that, in the wrong hands, could easily spiral into a bad taste farce. However, with Streep on board, the whole thing has an air of class (Jones is no slouch either, what with No Country for Old Men in his recent past), and Carrell has proved he can handle sensitive subject matter with appearances in Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life. And even if Marigold Hotel did feel somewhat like it was pandering rather than catering to 'the grey pound', films like About Schmidt in the past have shown that, when older people feature in comedies, they needn't be the punchline.