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I signed up to purchase tickets for a show but like everything else on the computer, you have to go through alot to get where you want to be. I have not been to tinsle town before so it will be difficult to rate. But here goes.
Don't miss this movie because of the reviews here. It's a good--though predictable--story line, the acting is very good, and I left entertained. And that's what it's all about. This is the 2nd time I enjoyed Justin Timberlake's acting; I confess I can't take my eyes off Amy Adams; and Clint does a fine job of playing the old codger . . . until he reveals to his daughter what happened so many years ago. See the move. You'll be happy you did.
.The acting in the Movie was superb. The cranky old stubborn man with his health failing him still wants to work. He is sent to double check the review of a possible first round draft pick for the Atlanta Braves. His daughter discovers his health problem, and with the encouragement of her dad's best friend she drops everything to go help. She leaves the office right in the middle of a crucial deal. Thinking she can do some multi tasking long distance work. The multi tasking does not go well. In the middle of this she is trying to get her father to explain why he sent her away, it is emotional. She runs into a former pick of her Father for the Big League who has blown out his shoulder who is now a scout for the Red Sox, a difficult relationship develops. The GM of the Braves have less than a minute to go before he picks, her father says he has trouble with the curve, and strongly says no, he if over ruled. While they are scouting his daughter asks how can you tell what ball was pitched, he said he can hear it, how it comes off the bat. The Braves pick up this young ball player, Clint cuts out early the next day, leaving his car with his daughter. She hears these two kids play Pitcher Catcher. She walks out and is amazed, she gets down puts on the pads and mask and starts catching. After she catches a few, she stops and asks why he does not play ball, the kid says my mom says my grades are not good enough, B in chemistry.
The daughter promptly calls her dad's best friend and says you must see this kid, he whines but makes it happen. They then bring this unknown kid up to Atlanta and put him in for a work out against their #1 draft pick, and then it just gets better.
I see a lot of movies, all kinds, I do not get this feeling very often, but I did with this one, this is Oscar material
Clint Eastwood stars in this sports movie. Trouble with the Curve is about an aging baseball recruiter. He has been one of the best recruiters his entire career but his age is catching up to him. As this happens, he refuses to let it happen but the owners of the team are starting to force him out. This is the story of that progression. I can say this wasn’t one of my favorite sports movies lately. A big issue with this movie is that I wasn’t surprised the entire time. I could see every twist in the film coming a mile down the road. There wasn’t really anything original to point to the entire film. Clint Eastwood is still one of my favorite actors though.
Trouble with the Curve has seen much attention from what I understand. I didn’t really see any commercials for it prior to its release. This movie, starring Clint Eastwood (one of the best actors of all time) was not one of his best movies. It wasn’t that his performance wasn’t great, which it was, but the movie just didn’t do anything for me. One of the biggest problems I had with this film is that it was just full of cliches. I kind of expected cliches in a sports film but this movie just had too many of them. The movie also seemed pretty low quality. It felt like a movie produced for cable television. I just can’t recommend Trouble with the Curve to anyone.
It would be too easy to launch right into jokes about Clint Eastwood’s rather (ahem) memorable performance at the Republican National Convention a few weeks ago in Tampa rather than to focus on the work he does in Trouble with the Curve. The problem with that, however, is that his high profile performance where he spoke to an empty chair that he claimed was President Obama is exactly the kind of thing an aging and increasingly senile man like the one named Gus he plays in the movie would do. It is impossible not to look at Eastwood’s performance through the lens of that rather disastrous attempt at political theater. In fairness to the movie, you might want to wait a few years before you watch it (maybe until Hillary is President), especially if you’re an Eastwood fan.
The movie also suffers from being weighted down by formula. We’ve all seen this story before, and not even a cast that includes Amy Adams, John Goodman, and Justin Timberlake in addition to Eastwood himself can save it from emotional ineffectuality. Gus (Eastwood) is aging, and not well, to put it mildly. His daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) resents him for abandoning her as a child in deference to his career as a baseball scout . . . though she has now grown into a high powered attorney type who is about to be named partner at a prestigious Atlanta law firm. When she begins to learn that her cranky, cursing, and (for all intensive purposes) alcoholic father is suffering from macular degeneration, she begins to feel guilty that she’s been so cold to him. But is guilt enough to assuage her decades of resentment toward an emotionally absent father?
To answer her query, the universe sends him an up-and-coming minor leaguer named Bo Gentry who might be a good fit with a major team – except that Gus’s boss wants to dump the old codger for a computer program that apparently scouts players better than any human scout ever could. Gus thus has one last chance to prove he still has some value, as both a scout and a father. You can guess how it ends.
The performances are good, if not great, and the story is serviceable, if not innovatory . . . and that might have been enough in the hands of a better director than Robert Lorenz who is at the helm of this sentimental father-daughter love story. Unfortunately, the timing and the treatment of the movie are both wrong, which inevitably begs the question: is it time for Eastwood to bid adieu to cinema?
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