Jeffrey's Review of Trouble with the Curve
Trouble with the Curve(2012)
Trouble with the Curve is predictable and formulaic in the sense that every mainline Hollywood sports film is. We get a sense from the beginning where the story is going to go, the arcs the characters are going to go though, and the ultimate resolutions. From that standpoint, there are really no surprises to be had. What is good about Trouble with the Curve, however, is the journey in getting there.
The film features strong performances from the cast (even Justin Timberlake whose bursting enthusiasm fits his role well), with the always reliable and formidable screen presence of Clint Eastood, matched with the charm and general appeal of Amy Adams. Both leads have a noticeable chemistry. The script, though predictable, has a number of good lines and places the characters in situations and settings that are interesting. The film is executed well enough that its themes are not lost or made to no effect, with a surprisingly good (albeit clichÃ (C)d) ending. It's funny when it needs to be, appropriately dramatic in other parts, and also often meditative. The film seems willing to explore uncomfortable areas that other similarly themed films wouldn't.
So while it doesn't reinvent the wheel with anything it does, it accomplishes what it sets out to do well, and is really a solid film all around, with enjoyable performances, and another opportunity to see the legendary and always charismatic Clint Eastwood at work.