Film Review: Trouble with the Curve

A baseball drama, Robert Lorenz’s film appears to be all about promoting traditional American pursuits.

Veteran baseball scout Gus has increasing problems with his vision. Cranky in his attitude, he has a strained relationship with lawyer daughter Mickey. Sent on a recruiting trip, Gus may reluctantly need Mickey’s help if he is to save his job…

The narrative of Trouble with the Curve is fine. The story concerns itself with a father-daughter relationship set to the backdrop of baseball. The pace, however, does slacken on occasion. The film is rather predictable, but the main characters are sufficiently engaging to hold the audience’s attention. There is some awkward expository dialogue at the beginning of the film, but otherwise the script is sound.

Lorenz’s film appears quite clear-cut in this message. Everything traditionally American is promoted as positive, whether this is baseball or hot dogs. Anything else appears to be a subversion of some kind; a form of straying from the path. This is played out through the character of Mickey. It is a rather black and white viewpoint.

The romance strand definitely adds something to Trouble with the Curve. There are some nice scenes between Mickey and Johnny. The prevalent theme of following gut instinct is apparent through all of the film’s strands.

Clint Eastwood plays cranky well as Gus. Sometimes the character’s aggression is overplayed, however. Amy Adams offers a solid performance as Mickey. Adams has good chemistry with Justin Timberlake’s Johnny.

Trouble with the Curve is suitably entertaining. It is questionable, however, whether something so focused on a particular aspect of American culture will have mass appeal elsewhere.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of stuff this week; a new Oz The Great and Powerful poster, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters trailer, something from Stoker and more…

Trouble With the Curve

Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake, Trouble With the Curve is a drama about a baseball scout. After Clint Eastwood films received a mixed reception at best, it will be a relief to some that he is not directing this one. Trouble With the Curve is out in cinemas on 30th November 2012.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel and Gretel was always a disturbing fairy tale, so it is really no surprise that the filmmakers have chosen to go down the violent fantasy route with this cinematic adaptation. Starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arteton, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters looks like a lot of fun. The film is released in the UK on 15th March 2013.

Oz The Great and Powerful

This week the first poster for Oz The Great and Powerful was released. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Disney’s last foray into Oz territory was the cult classic Return to Oz, so it will be interesting to see what this new film brings. Oz The Great and Powerful is due for release in March 2013.

Stoker

This is not a trailer for Stoker, but a video that depicts the creation of the poster, along with clips from the film. I’m not entirely sure what Stoker is, but I am interested to find out more. Starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska, Stoker will be released on 1st March 2013.

A Good Day to Die Hard

John McClane is back for another adventure in A Good Day to Die Hard. The last instalment did not quite match the much-loved earlier trilogy, so it will be interesting to see how this one does. Bruce Willis returns as McClane on 14th February 2013.

Django Unchained

Above is the latest trailer for Django Unchained. The trailer has director Quentin Tarantino’s stamp all over it. Starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained is released in UK cinemas on 18th January 2013.