Directed by Brennett Miller
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt)
Peter Brand (Jonah Hill)
Art Howe (Phillip Seymour Hoffman)
Scott Hatteburg (Chris Pratt)
Casey Beane (Kerris Dorsey)
Moneyball is a 2011 film, based on the book Moneyball: The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game, written by Michael Lewis, which itself is based on the story of the Oakland Athletics in the early 2000’s.
Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, a failed baseball player and current General Manager of the Oakland Athletics team, which is dirt poor and just lost its three most talented players to the New York Yankees.
He meets Jonah Hill’s character, who looks at baseball from a different, more mathematical perspective, and adopts this as his own strategy to win games.
Brad Pitt is brilliant in this movie. He had to play a character who really is a broken man, filled with regret, but one who appears differently to everyone around him. His chemistry with Jonah Hill, who puts on a good display himself, is surprisingly fluid. Other performances are average at best, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad.
The story is gripping, and it’s fueled on by the fact that it’s based on real-life events. The struggle is highlighted well, in fact, really well. The one major issue I have is that when things start to work out, everything is compiled into a five-minute montage. For a movie that is this long (it’s about 2 and a quarter hours), and with the amount of time put into the struggle, I felt like there could have been more here. The last game was focused on, and the drama in that was great. I liked it. And the ending is good too.
Overall, Moneyball is an entertaining and well-written adaptation, which had loads of great moments, but should have given a little more time to its plot shift.
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