Release Date: September 23, 2011
Actors: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
Current Location: DVD
3/5 Robots: slow, slow, slow
Going into this film, I knew what it was going to be and what it wasn't. This movie was written by Aaron Sorkin, the same man who adapted The Social Network, which do this day is one of my favorite films. I knew Moneyball was going to have the same dialogue intense richness, and I knew it wasn't going to be an action sports movie. In short, I prepared to love it.
In the end, I just kind of liked it. It was a good movie that I would suggest watching on a rainy day when you can't find anything else to watch. I wouldn't go out of my way to instantly rent the film for immediate gratification. Because, if I'm honest, the movie is very slow. There are some great spots in it, but it drags on.
Brad Pitt is fantastic in the movie, and I'm not surprised he's nominated for an Academy Award. His performance as Billy Bean is incredibly nuanced, and most of the movie is an internal type of struggle. I'm not the biggest fan of baseball, or sports, but this movie goes beyond sports. It's about economics and the strategics of the game. Sorkin did a fantastic job at making the dull topic into something interesting, but there is a point where economics just can't be interesting enough for the length of a movie. Jonah Hill also costars in the movie, and surprisingly earned himself an Oscar nomination. While I think his role was out of his usual element, it wasn't something that would deserve an Oscar.
Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay (6 total)