Hope Springs eternal

Hope Springs (12A, 100 mins)
Comedy/Romance
Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell
 Director: David Frankel
Released: Friday September 14

Cinema audiences are ageing and film companies are gradually acknowledging that they can no longer rely on 18- to 24-year-olds to guarantee healthy box office returns.

The King’s Speech amassed more than £45m in the UK because the often-ignored over-50s headed to the multiplexes in their droves so it’s little wonder that filmmakers are looking for stories that will appeal to older audiences.

David Frankel’s joyful romantic comedy charts the affairs of the heart of a long-time married couple, who are desperate to rediscover the spark that brought them together more than 30 years ago.

Hope Springs is smart, funny and sweet, underpinned by a screen chemistry between Streep and Jones, who both bring gravitas and deep emotion to their roles.

Tears flow freely between uproarious set pieces and Carell provides strong support. An air of wistfulness drifts over the film as the couple learns to rebuild trust and intimacy, discovering that it’s never too late to fall in love for the second time.

n Swearing, Sex, No Violence
n Rating: 7/10