Unlike Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro who are easily considered the greatest actors of their time, Clint Eastwood is both older and wiser in that he started his career well before any of them … and guess what? He’s still around making movies. Fresh from two of the best movies his entire career ever spawned, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, the silver-grey haired actor-director turns in another powerhouse performance … although it must be said … not everything connects as well this time.
Maybe it’s because Clint Eastwood is now older. Plus he’s already played the part of the grumpy old man many times before, and we’ve grown a bit tired of seeing him like that. It’s a ‘been there, done that’ feeling without any new angle to it. I mean, we get it! You’re old. You hate life. You hate everything around you. Get over it, man …
It should also be noted that Trouble with the curve, Eastwood’s latest film (and evil tongues say it could be his last one) is a baseball-movie. And a very technical one at that. Few things are explained which means that if you don’t know the ‘when’ and ‘how’ of baseball, you’ll be at a loss more than once.
Which is exactly what happens when daddy’o and his daughter start blabbering baseball terms. It takes an unnecessary amount of attention away from the story and its characters.
Speaking of which, the story is quite mundane. The old love triangle of daddy and daughter having an estranged relationship, but then daughter meets the perfect guy, falls in love with him which ultimately brings the two men closer together and ends with daddy and daughter falling in each other’s arms again.
If the year was 1953 it’d be something new. But the year is 2012 (actually 2016 when I write this review, but the movie itself is from 4 years earlier) and we’ve seen many, many similar stories where one parent (usually the father) and his son/daughter try to pick up the pieces again, only to learn and appreciate one another a little bit more.
It’s an old formula being revamped, and it takes something special to make a good movie out of it.
Trouble with the curve is an ok-movie. Problem is: it’s never any good. Not really.
There’s the notion that the daughter is waaay to young for Clint Eastwood to play the father. As such the relationship between them seems forged. Even the relationship between the daughter and her new boyfriend who also happens to like baseball seems too fabricated. None of it is really bad, but it’s like revisiting a story you’ve seen dozens of times before. You just can’t recall when or where …
At the helm of the movie we have Amy Adams who almost steals the show, save for the fact that her daddy was played by none other than ‘Dirty Harry’ himself. Being old and grey, it isn’t really a a stretch for him to play a grouchy grandpa.
Boyfriend is singer-songwriter turned actor Justin Timberlake. The young man still cannot act, but somehow – once he gets closer to the girl of his dreams – he gets deeper into his role.
Also check out Scott Eastwood a.k.a. Dirty Harry Jr. in the movie if you can. I did say: if you can because his role is so tiny you’ll have trouble remembering what he played, once the movie is over.
All in all, Trouble with the curve is far from bad, but it isn’t anything you’ll remember much after. Again: unless you’re a baseball fan. It’s worth your time checking this one out, but it’s hardly worth your money for buying it on DVD or Blu-ray.
Nice little story, but too many curves and the movie keeps missing like a baseball-bat barely hitting the ball out of the park … barely I said!
did you know?
Clint Eastwood originally said that Gran Torino would be his final acting role (although he would continue to direct). The filmmakers got him to change his mind and come out of acting retirement to star in this film.
Give it to me straight:
Trouble with the curve is a small everyday sports-movie like you’ve seen so many before. Somewhere deep hidden within the movie is also an estranged father-daughter relationship that’s about to be given one last chance. But instead of tearjerking emotional moments, we get a whole bunch of ‘mah’ moments where you hardly raise an eyebrow.
There’s a pretty good scene when the father and daughter share their love for baseball or the girl gets dumped upon and finds new love with another guy, but in the long run this is just a TV-movie that’ll keep you up for a single view.
Nothing spectacular, folks, just move on! Pity though, coz the cast contains a few old faces that you might remember.