My dad likes Clint Eastwood. My dad likes baseball. Clint Eastwood movies and Cardinals baseball are probably two of his favorite things in the whole world. But what my dad does not like is going to the theater. I wonder if a new Clint Eastwood movie about the world of baseball and a big bucket of popcorn might lure him out just one time. When Eastwood’s new film, “Trouble with the Curve” hits theaters in late September, I might just have to see.
Back in front of the camera
Eastwood has not been in front of the camera in a few years. His last film as an actor was “Gran Torino.” He was 78 when that film was released in 2008, and all indications were it might be his last. The critically acclaimed film would have been a decent finale to his career as an actor. He certainly captured the gruff but reluctantly heroic character of Walt Kowalski in a way no one else could. But it wasn’t a warm and fuzzy note on which to end.
“Trouble with the Curve” stars Eastwood as an old baseball scout with vision problems just trying to stay in the game. With the help of his daughter, played by Amy Adams, he sets off on an important recruiting trip for the Atlanta Braves. It’s an effort complicated by a young rival scout played by Justin Timberlake. John Goodman rounds out the cast as Eastwood’s sympathetic boss.
Who’s the director?
You might have guessed that Eastwood himself would be directing this film. He’s directed all but one of the films he’s appeared in over the last 22 years, so that would be a smart assumption, but surprisingly, it would be wrong. Eastwood is working with another director for the first time since 1993’s “In the Line of Fire.”
That director is Robert Lorenz. This will be his first time in the chair as lead director on a film, but he’s certainly no novice. Lorenz has been a part of Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions for years. He has an impressive resume as an award winning producer and Eastwood’s assistant director on a number of films. If Eastwood was going to hand over the reins to anyone, it makes sense that it would be Lorenz.
Will my dad go see it?
Well, that’s the real question for me. At age 81, and having gone three years between this film and his last, one has to wonder how many more chances you’ll have to see a new Clint Eastwood movie in the theater. Eastwood’s a tough old dude, but filmmaking is demanding, and if his body of work is any evidence, he won’t be making lots of cameo appearances just for the sake of being in more films. That sort of thing is better left to Betty White. As for me, I think I will try to catch this film before it’s gone.
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