Monday, September 24, 2012


The curve was cute but a little troubled. I found it to be a sweet little baseball movie with a few familiar faces and a simple story.

Clint Eastwood is a legend in his own lifetime. He's been acting since the mid 50's and came to international acclaim quickly with the three well known Spaghetti Westerns evinced by the man with no name. His recent act with a chair at the GOP convention is a testament to his great acting proclivities despite how you may feel about the action itself. Despite this, his character in the Trouble With The Curve is laden with comic boredom. His grumpy curmudgeon act has been staple for like two decades now. I still like it, but how many times can you make fun of youth and progress especially when your dead wrong. Many people today over the age of 40 are seemingly against certain technological progress. Progress is the right word. Many of today's changes are beneficial for efficiency and health among numerous other things. Just think, being born only a little over 100 years ago guaranteed a life expectancy of only 37! 

Computers are a godsend in my view and although they are downtrodden in the film as incapable of human decision, this will most likely change in the near future. I get it, your older, have always done things a certain way and can see the value in it. The world, however, is accelerating at an exponential pace and thus you will have to make a decision to either remain ignorant and reject technology or embrace it and learn how to use it for your benefit. It's here to stay. So those parents out there that hold off giving a iPhone to their kid until they are 13 like some badge of pride have got it confused. You can have the history of the world's knowledge in your pocket for a meager $200. 

Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams are a good couple and written into the story with well ta due. I want to hate Timberlake as an actor—alas—I can't quite come to make myself. It was a bit weird seeing Shaggy, T-1000 Terminator and Fred Flintstone all in the same room hashing out baseball picks but none the less entertaining. A poignant father daughter story, with a few laughs, a few sighs and a couple a beers will be in store. Enjoy the wretched south. 

Recommended Viewing: 61* - For The Love Of The Game - Field Of Dreams

              Bob Scale: The Critic: 6.7   -   The Fan: 7.0
             MetaCritic: 58
 Rotten Tomatoes: 52
                    IMDB: 6.9

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