Review: Moneyball

Moneyball
Release Date: September 23, 2011
Actors: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: DVD
3/5 Robots: slow, slow, slow

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.



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.

Overall, the movie was good, but it wasn't my favorite. But my mediocre score may be a result of high expectations because I love Aaron Sorkin's work so much. I would recommend this movie for anyone who likes Talky movies.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Film Editing, Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay (6 total)

2 comments:

  1. Dying to watch the movie :D

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  2. +JMJ+

    I loved this movie and have a different assessment of it from yours--but I'm not here to argue! =) After seeing this, I mentioned to my two ESL (English as a Second Language) students that I had found it very funny, and they went out to see it a couple of days later and didn't find anything funny at all. Isn't it interesting what different people will take away from a film?

    The economic concepts were actually really interesting to me. I think I would have read the book for fun, had it been written as engagingly as the screenplay, because I like learning new things like this. Add that to the fact that I know next to nothing about professional baseball meant that I didn't know what to expect at all--and that was enough to keep me riveted.

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