Moneyball 2011

Posted: October 17, 2011 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews
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By David Burrola

Release: September 2011

Genre: Sports, Drama

Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymor Hoffman

Rating: Slam Dunk/Homerun 5/5

General manager of the Oakland Athletics, Billy Beane is trying to raise his team up from their status as the lowest in the league using unorthodox methods in an attempt to change Baseball.

This film feels more like an indie film than it does a mainstream film. Not that it doesn’t have known actors and the like, but that its so much more like real life in its approach and execution.

Billy Beane(Brad Pitt) is the General Manager of the lowest tier team in the league, and he can’t get a higher budget to find more players to replace ones he lost after the previous season. While visiting one of the other managers he knows he finds a young man that seems to have some kind of knowledge about players that his GM doesn’t. So After talking to this young man Peter Brand(Jonah Hill) he hires him and the two attempt to use Metrics to push their team to a winning season.

It should be noted that Metrics is a method of using mathamatical equations and statistics to measure raw information about something and then calculate the best results. This alone doesn’t help as much as it should, but with Billy and Peter’s feedback to the players and their tenacity in trying to make this formula work makes it interesting and very engaging.

You see the struggles of Billy Beane as he tries to change the game thats run strong for about a 150 years, and to put an end to many of the flaws that has perpetuated the game for so long. Every scene is more about it feeling like this is what was going on rather than a dramatization of the events. The presentation thus makes every performance seem like this is actually how those people would be if you met them. This whole movie’s approach is a gamble, and would have been more so if it was in line with the big summer block busters, but now its given its chance to shine and its definitely worth the time to see it.

Its a fresh look and approach to sports films that we really haven’t seen, and its definitely refreshing.

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Comments
  1. mmonty86 says:

    I absolutely loved Moneyball for all of the reasons above. What I loved most was the fact that it didn’t have the typical sports film arc. It completely reveled in the notion that the A’s didn’t win anything. At least nothing as tangible as a championship.

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