hope gap movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS HOPE GAP AN ENTERTAINING DIVORCE DRAMA?
Actually, the film is a little boring, despite the fact that the story is pretty decent and the acting is great. But the film is best for young teens.
Grace’s idealistic life comes crashing down when her husband of nearly thirty years tells her he’s leaving her for another woman.
Director: William Nicholson
Cast: Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor, Aiysha Hart, Ryan McKen, Steven Pacey
Writer: William Nicholson
Release Date (Australia): 2 November 2019
Runtime: 100 minutes/1h 40m
Genre: Drama, Romance
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film contains themes relating to divorce, references to suicide and a scene in which a woman contemplates suicide.
A woman slaps a man across the face.
The film contains a single use of “f**k”, as well as infrequent use of the words “bollocks”, “bloody” and “bastard”.
PG-13 (for some thematic elements and brief strong language)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Just your typical divorce drama without enough depth. Depth as in it could have been just a tiny bit more compelling and absorbing, but overall, Hope Gap is unfortunately too slow and uninteresting. To be truthful, critics who usually drop a few tons of spoilers in their reviews won’t really have to worry about this one.
What else is there to say other than something like “Hope Gap is a simple and average divorce drama”? The film realistically portrays an ordinary divorce, but it never includes any creative or new ideas. Of course it features the death of a marriage, but nothing exciting happens at all. It’s just a simple design without any added dramas.
The rational presentation of divorce and the performances are what get the credit. Bening and Nighy are definitely magnificent at creating frustrated and dramatic characters. But despite their tireless acting, their conversations and actions are completely tedious. Hope Gap would avoid being a completely pointless drama if it simply just created a gripping thought to build on the side and excite viewers a bit more.
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