Trailer Talk: Trouble With the Curve

The Trouble with the Curve - Clint Eastwood

Roadshow Films sent over the new trailer for The Trouble with the Curve, the feature debuts from director Robert Lorenz and writer Randy Brown. It is released in Australia on 6 December 2012.

The Trouble With the Curve follows an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. It stars Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, Amy Adams and John Goodman. What a combination!

At The Reel Bits, we don’t just post trailers, we review them too. Check out our thoughts after viewing the trailer below.

Trailer Talk:

The first mystery behind the trailer is how a first time director managed to get such a huge cast, but Lorenz has worked with Eastwood quite a number of times as first and second assistant director on many Eastwood films. The immediate joy of this trailer is seeing Clint back in front of the camera, the first time since 2008’s Gran Torino. Given that his directorial efforts in that time have been Invictus, Hereafter and J. Edgar, this can only be a good thing.

The emotionally upbeat antithesis to last year’s magnificent Moneyball, or at least the personal consequences of the stats-focused approach that became widely adopted as a result of Billy Beane’s methods. While we could scarcely call anything with Eastwood ‘twee’, even with a tune by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, the trailer posits the film as a mixture between father-daughter reconciliation and romantic comedy between Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. For her part, Adams seems to be reprising her The Fighter persona, a little bit tough girl but with a winning charm. Timberlake has proven to be great under good directors and material (The Social Network, Black Snake Moan), but not so much with lesser material (Bad Teacher). This is leaning towards the former.

The bottom line is that this is the return of Eastwood to the front end of the camera, and for that we can be grateful. While the trailer is a little saccharine, we are still confident the acting talent can overcome this.

Bits Rating: ★★★½