October 05, 2012

The Trouble with the Curve - Cobble Hill Cinemas




Mike: As a Clint Eastwood superfan, I can't tell you how I excited I was when I heard that he was coming out of semi-retirement to act in another movie. And as a Clint Eastwood superfan, I can't tell you how disappointed I was after seeing this movie. It's not terrible, but it's loaded with schmaltzy sentimentality straight out of a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Eastwood seems to be reprising his Gran Torino character, which was interesting in that film but here borders on self-parody. Amy Adams has the more meaty part, and every moment on screen she seems way below her league (and that's coming from someone who generally doesn't care for Amy Adams). Justin Timberlake isn't in the movie too much, but still provides the majority of the film's countless eye-rolling moments (beware of eye-strain).
But even cheesy Hallmark films are sometimes fine family entertainment. I tried not to be so cynical while watching this movie and ultimately I enjoyed it. But considering it might be Eastwood's final performance, it's a letdown.

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