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This movie adaptation of Michael Lewis’s nonfiction book “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” is a clever sports movie that concentrates on what happens off pitch. It’s a true story about a man with a vision that changed the all-American sport forever.
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is the general manager for the Oakland A’s and he’s got a problem. The team has no money and is loosing its best players fast. Then fate intervenes and Beane meets a young analyst Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who has new ideas about the value of the players – the player who is able to catch/run/hit a ball three states is not as valuable as the one who just gets on base and thus increases the likelihood of runs. Together they start building a team of overlooked (read: cheap) players. Tensions rise, as not everyone welcomes the new strategy based only on statistics with open arms. The team’s manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is proving to be the toughest nut to crack. But forward they go like Batman and Robin of baseball.
The dialogue flows effortlessly in the script written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The emotions of Beane – himself an overlooked baseball player – are studied closely. Bennett Miller has not directed a glitzy sports movie, but instead he has made a sincere movie of the science behind the sport. Jonah Hill deserves a special mention for fantastically underplaying Brand. Brad Bitt is as good as ever.
Did I like Moneyball? Yes – in the way that it’s a well made and well acted movie. All the reviews said that you don’t have to know anything about baseball (which I don’t) to understand this movie. I suppose that’s true, but not knowing anything about baseball (and gasp – not caring about baseball) can make the 2 hours pass quite slowly.