Review: Moneyball

The story of the Oakland A's.

Moneyball follows the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) as he attempts to put together a playoff worthy team on a tight budget. He hires Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) who's strategy is to get players on base, it doesn't matter how as long as they get on. You don't buy wins, he puts it. You buy runs. They analyze each player and eventually form a contending roster. They don't win the World Series, but they proved that you don't need star players to get to the post season.

Being a huge baseball fan myself, (go Twins!) I really enjoyed watching Moneyball. I loved all the baseball talk and found it extremely interesting how they put everything together. Brad Pitt delivered as I expected, but who I was really surprised by was Jonah Hill. I'm used to him playing the same character in every single film and he finally shows a different side here. Moneyball might not be for you if you don't like baseball, but I still think you should give it a shot. This is coming from someone that wasn't intially interested in the film. I could nitpick and say that they left out a few key players that helped during the year, but I understand that things needed to be cut for time constraints.

On a side note, I can't believe Billy Beane turned down that deal with the Red Sox. Especially when they won the World Series in 2004.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "You're about to get on a plane. Those things crash all the time." - Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) 

3 comments:

  1. It's a thoroughly competent movie but nothing more IMO. Brad Pitt's performance has been praised and some are even talking about Oscars but I don't even think it's his best of the year (Tree of Life). Overall, I was left wanting more.

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  2. It may not feel quite like the classic baseball movie others have achieved, but it’s certainly pleasant enough to be enjoyable even by non-sports fan, and features great performances from Hill and Pitt. Good review Brittani.

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  3. I am big fan of basketball so for me Moneyball is a pleasure to watch. Although this movie is not completely about basketball still I enjoyed it. I really like Brad Pitt. He is too good in his character. Basketball match is fun to watch.

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No seriously, post one. I need attention.