Wednesday, January 23, 2013

One Minute Movie Review: Trouble With The Curve

This is perhaps one of the most painful reviews I have ever had the displeasure of writing as I am a humongous, with a capital U, fan of Clint Eastwood who has moved from entertainment icon to true Hollywood legend.  Eastwood has a litany of films that are genuinely powerful, engaging, and amazingly crafted, this is not one of them.  Instead, first time director, Robert Lorenz brings us a sappy and predictable feel-good story that lacks any passion or authenticity.   Eastwood and Adams performances are tired at first,  forced by mid picture, and cartoonish by the end.   Add in Justin Timberlake, who has no business in any form of theater whether it by stage or silver screen, and you have one deeply disappointing film.  The story takes too long to get to its point and by the time it does you have lost all interest.  If not, you are absolutely unimpressed by its conclusion.  I like happy endings in films, especially in this overtly cynical world, however, I expect films with that ambition to be well written, directed, and  acted and constructed in such a way where that ending makes sense and is not unduly gooey.   Eastwood is a master of his trade so I cannot figure out for the life of me what possessed him to make this movie.  Even in his 80s he is a far better actor than anyone in Hollywood of any age and one of the most gifted directors of our time.  Which again makes this review difficult to document  and this movie hard to digest.   To sum up, using a baseball analogy, if this movie was a pitcher the least of his troubles would have been the curve. 1 out of 5 kernels:  you’ll have to forgive me, but I can't bare to give one of my lifelong heroes a goose egg.

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