x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Trouble with the Curve

Clint Eastwood will still make your day in this gentle story about an ageing baseball scout.

Warner Bros Pictures via Bloomberg.
Warner Bros Pictures via Bloomberg.

Trouble with the Curve
Director: Robert Lorenz
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman
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Clint Eastwood has always been about less-is-more - and not just his acting style. Since 1992, he's played just 10 characters - with all but In the Line of Fire directed by himself. Now, aged 82, he throws us a curve ball, with this gentle story about an ageing baseball scout.

Directed by Eastwood's long-time producer-cum-assistant director Lorenz, Eastwood effectively reprises the grizzly, grumpy grouch he played in 2008's Gran Torino - a man who feels out of step with the modern world, full of aches and pains.

The effervescent Adams co-stars as his estranged lawyer-daughter, trying to bond with her frustrating, stuck-in-his-ways father on a work trip. Lorenz maybe takes too many swings - sports story, family saga and romance (as Timberlake's ex-player takes a shine to Adams). But Eastwood will still make your day.

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