In Clint Eastwood's latest film, he plays an aging big league baseball scout who's given a hand by his daughter, played by Amy Adams. It's called 'Trouble With The Curve.' NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following movie review.
Clint Eastwood hasn't acted in a film that he didn't direct himself in almost 20 years. But that's exactly what he does for his latest movie, a baseball drama called Trouble With The Curve.
Clint plays Gus Lobel, a veteran baseball scout who's discovered many of the game's greats. But Gus is in his twilight years, his eyesight is going and he only has three months left on his contract with the Atlanta Braves. He has a daughter, Mickey, played by Amy Adams, who's a talented lawyer with a great shot at becoming partner in her firm.
But she takes a break from her day job to lend her dad a helping hand when he's sent to North Carolina to look at a hot prospect. Trouble is, Gus and Mickey have huge unresolved issues between them and stubborn Gus doesn't want her help or anyone else's for that matter.
Also on hand is Justin Timberlake, playing a former big leaguer, who blew his arm out and is now a scout for the Red Sox.
Clint plays a grisly, crusty old character that we've seen him do many times before, most recently in Gran Torino. It's a predictable, by-the-numbers plot and it's even a bit contrived.
But that said, even though we've seen Clint do this schtick previously, it's still quite entertaining. Amy Adams is quite good here and the chemistry between Eastwood and Adams is terrific.
The same can be said of the Adams-Timerblake relationship. You sort of know where it's going but the appeal of the actors makes the predictability almost irrelevant.
The supporting cast, which includes John Goodman and Bob Gunton are also first rate.
Director Robert Lorenz, who served as either the second assistant director on many of Clint's past movies, knows all too well who his star is and plays to Clint's strengths. Since Eastwood also serves as a producer, his hand in this is obviously everywhere.
By the end, as hokey as this might seem, I found myself getting caught up it in emotionally and overall, it somehow manages to work.
On our NY1 Big Apple Rating Scale, out of a possible four, I'm giving Trouble With The Curve three apples.