Atlanta Braves baseball scout Gus (Clint Eastwood) is dealing with a fading eye sight and a broken relationship with his daughter Mickey played by Amy Adams. Although the film deals with baseball and scouting the film is not a sports drama or sports film. It's a film about a father and daughter relationship that is broken and both are not giving great efforts to fix it.
I'm a huge fan of Clint Eastwood. I believe he is one of the best directors right now. Just about every single film he directed over the last seven years has been on my top 10 list. He didn't direct Trouble With The Curve but one of his second unit directors (Robert Lorenz) did and this is his first feature. Both have a very similar style in their approach to films. But I think this role was not much different from some of Clint Eastwood's stubborn roles we've seen for years. I usually don't have issues with Clint playing that character. But it bothered me in this film because there wasn't anything that separated his performance from the others. With a cast that includes John Goodman, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake I really had some high expectations for this film. I think if the baseball politics were removed from this film and the focus was put on the broken relationship we may have a serious Oscar contender here. But I wasn't sold on a serious story, the emotion was missing, and nothing stood out to me.
I give Trouble with the Curve... 2 1/2 Stars