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Hope Gap Review- A Disappointing Drama With No Hope.

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A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

OK, right off the bat – this film is disappointing! It was just so bland and boring. It felt like a poor BBC/ITV drama series, and it was shot and acted that way too. If this was a TV series I’d have turned off after the first episode. 

There was nothing special or unique about this film. The script wasn’t great, it was really awkward and quite predictable. Even the performances, though it had its moments, was just badly acted. Even Annette Bening wasn’t great. This wasn’t helped by her trying to do a British accent that just didn’t work. Weirdly, I felt Josh O’Connor had the best performance and bought the most to the film, that’s still not a great thing as it was still awkward to watch at times. 

Something good? The score. Suited the film nicely. It’s heard best at the start and end of the film. There’s a good scene where Josh O’Connor’s Jamie compares Suicide to terminal cancer which was pretty good and quite eye opening to that type of topic.

I don’t know what it is, but I do tend to really enjoy films about breakdowns of marriage… they just tend to be great films, and I am so excited for Marriage Story. However, this was just shoddy. 

Hope Gap is a disappointing, hollow drama about a husband who leaves his wife. It never really ever gets going, even when he leaves her pretty early on in the film.

Rating:

★★☆☆☆

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