“Trouble with the curve “needs a lot of straightening out

Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards

Amy Adams at the 83rd Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe I’m just having a bad day, but I found “Trouble with the Curve” embarrassing.  Poor acting, and an implausible plot.

It’s about Eastwood, an aging baseball scout, who has a poor relationship with his daughter. She helps him on his baseball scouting job because John Goodman (his friend) pleads with her to help good old Dad. She walks away from a good law job where she is trying to become a partner  of a law firm to do this.  She has a lousy relationship with Eastwood in the first place, so why would she want to help him?

Eastwood goes to his wife’s grave to sing “You are my sunshine.” How hokey is that? The date on the headstone is 1945- 1984. That means that Eastwood, who is 83, would be married to a woman a lot younger than him. I don’t think so! ( Unless you are a rich movie star.)

First of all, why would an 83-year-old guy, Clint Eastwood,  be scouting baseball players for a major baseball team? Not only is Clint old, but the other actors who play scouts seem pretty old too. I guess this was to make Eastwood seem like a 50 something kind of guy. (The movie would’ve  been better with a 50 or 60 something actor playing the part.)

My other problem is the actress, Amy Adams, who plays his daughter.  I do think she should go to acting school. She used the same tone of voice through the movie, and it was annoying. She does have nice long hair which she flips around a lot.

I had trouble buying that she would be Clint’s daughter, but Eastwood did have his 30 something son playing a  minor part in the movie. (Clint is a movie star, after all.) In real life, Adams would’ve passed for his granddaughter.  Their relationship seems so distant that it’s hard to believe she would leave her important law job to help him.

Justin Timberlake plays her love interest.  He does take off all his clothes, except his underwear if you’re looking for a little thrill. There is practically no chemistry between Adams and Timberlake.

The story is one of those feel good movies with a happy ending. If you like baseball trivia, you might enjoy some of the patter going on between Timberlake and Adams. If you can suspend your belief system, you might be able to buy this movie.

I have to give Clint credit for acting although he’s too old for the part.  He’s about the only one besides John Goodman who seems to know how to act.

If you are  a baseball fan, like the actors, and enjoy a predictable story—this movie is for you.

Movie Review “The Artist” may even be too old fashioned for Baby Boomers

“The Artist” is a gutsy attempt to do something different in Hollywood. The scenery is fantastic, the actors are competent, but the story may be too simplistic and trite for many, especially people under the age of forty.

One wonders how it won a Golden Globe for the best picture of the year.

The actors do get to show off their acting abilities. Emotions show on their faces, and they use their bodies to best advantage. John Goodman (Al Zimmer) demonstrates his nonverbal acting abilities. He plays a shrewd, but likeable, movie producer.

The story is quite simple. George Valentine (Jean Dujardin) is a silent actor adored by everyone, including himself. In the opening scene, he takes a bow, and won’t get off the stage. The little dog who is featured in movies with him is much more engaging and appealing.

You know he is in for trouble when Al Zimmer shows him a talkie. A lovely ingenue, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) adores Valentine. In the beginning of the movie she boldly kisses him. Later on, she sneaks into his dressing room and caresses his tuxedo. This is the most sensual scene in the movie.

It’s the most sensual scene you’re going to see in this movie. As Valentine goes downward in popularity, she becomes more famous. Zimmer fires him, and makes her a talkies star.

She is deeply in love with Valentine, and keeps looking out for him. Even when he becomes a washed up drunk.

The youth of today would probably be bored by the black and white film, and the absence of sound from 99% of the movie. I don’t want to ruin the surprise by telling you when you hear anything at all.

The real star of the film is a little cute dog who provides a bit of diversion, and may entertain the animal lovers out there. He almost seems more human than the main character.

If you’ve ever been knocked down, and had to fight your way back you may be able to feel some empathy for Mr. Valentine.

If your used to car chases, special effects, and explicit sex, don’t see this movie. If you need a tricky plot to keep you interested, this isn’t for you. If you like to hear human voices, definitely stay away.

It did hold my interest 75% of the time,  but I was expecting more than I received. I would bet this is going to be the only silent movie made for another 100 or so years.

I give it a C+The + is for having the nerve to put out a movie like this in the 21st century. I’m guessing that is why the Academy of Motion Pictures gave it 10 Oscar nominations.

If you want to see a good silent movie, check out one of Mary Pickford’s old movies