Trouble With The Curve
I didn’t really know what to expect from this movie but the fact that it prompted Clint to return to acting after a self-imposed exile since 2008’s Gran Torino, did fill me with some hope. Likewise the presence of Amy Adams and John Goodman in the cast was cause for a fair degree of optimism.
As the film began and octogenarian Baseball scout Gus Lobel (Clint) begins to battle with his fading eyesight and an unwillingness to accept help, I was expecting an interesting look at ageing but still acute mind and it’s role in professional baseball.
Unfortunately, as the film wore on it descended into a horribly cliché ridden and bland melodrama with some truly cringe inducing plot developments later on. The painfully predictable romance between Adams and Justin Timberlake soon begins to take centre stage and despite the actor’s best efforts their blossoming romance plays out so incredibly predictably you just lose all interest. Likewise, Gus’s troubled father/daughter relationship with Adams’ Mickey is taken right out of Troubled Family Relationships 101 and never really hits home.
The plot developments at the film’s climax I won’t spoil here, but it’s not just the fact that it’s signposted a mile off that makes it a chore to suffer through, but just how seemingly unaware the filmmakers are of how painfully cliche riddled it all is. At one point I actually muttered an audible “oh come on” as the events came to a head.
I loved Moneyball and was hoping this movie would offer another insight into the crazy world of professional baseball, granted from a very different angle. The baseball is ultimately secondary to a boring family drama however and it feels like a great oppurtunity went begging.
Stay well away.