Luis' Review of Moneyball
MONEYBALL is a very worthy sports movie to be mentioned among movies like HOOSIERS, RUDY, ROCKY and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN to name a few. It tells the story of how Oakland A's manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his young Yale associate (Jonah Hill in a very different role he's used to playing) change the way baseball teams are created, managed and built with a small team budget, in depth computer stats and sports science.
We get to see how the game of baseball works on the business and statistical side of things and screenwriters Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin do a good job of making the subject interesting and entertaining without involving too many number crunching formulas. I really enjoyed the film because I'm a huge sports fan but even if you are not a sports fan, you will enjoy this movie led by good performances from Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill and heartwarming Kerris Dorsey. Pitt and Hill were both nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
Usually every sports film I see entertains and delights me and this one is no exception. Some sports movies follow the same formulas of a team playing bad at the beginning and then later on the team starts winning all of a sudden and they eventually win a championship, but this story actually happened in 2002 and that's why it works and at the end of the film you're left feeling good and joyful that you saw such a great and pleasant film. I personally don't think that Pitt or Hill will win any Oscar or will the film win Best movie but I highly recommend this film even if you are not a huge sports fan or not into sports at all, It's carried by a very good narrative story, good direction and good performances by the main stars. Even though Billy Beane didn't win the World Series that year, he did change the way baseball teams are built.
***1/2 out of 4