Like a fine wine, Clint Eastwood gets better with age.
Now in his early eighties, the screen icon and Oscar-winning director continues to work tirelessly behind and in front of the camera.
Some of his best work has been reserved for the past 10 years, including Million Dollar Baby with Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman, Letters From Iwo Jima and Gran Torino, in which he plays a cantankerous Korean War veteran.
Eastwood essays another short-tempered curmudgeon in Trouble With The Curve, a beautifully crafted sports drama that is as every bit as old-fashioned as the leading man.
He is rewarded with terrific performances from Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and the prolific John Goodman, and of course Eastwood, who clearly relishes the role of an ageing, technophobic baseball scout, who takes one look at a hotly tipped pitcher and scoffs, “I’ve seen all this guy’s got. My daughter can throw better than that!”
Gus Lobel (Eastwood) is considered old-fashioned and inflexible by management at the Atlanta Braves, including general manager Vince Freeman (Robert Patrick) and his sidekick Phillip Sanderson (Matthew Lillard).
Trouble With The Curve is predictable and at times pat but there’s an undeniable pleasure watching the stellar cast.
Eastwood and Adams are a fiery double-act, wringing genuine tears from their characters’ miscommunication, and the romantic sub-plot with Timberlake doesn’t smear on too much gooey sentiment.