Moneyball tells the story of the 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics,a team that rose to notoriety because of its low payroll and unorthodoxplayer selection. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), a former player turnedgeneral manage, grows tired with the ancient, inefficient ways of thegame he has committed his entire life to. When a transaction goes awryhe stumbles across Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale, economics graduatewho believes he has a system to rating players based on numbers.<br><br>Billy and Peter begin trading, signing, and grooming the team based ondata, not scouting, something that other members of the team are notfond of, including Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the team'smanager. Billy and Peter's system defies current baseball logic, butwhen the club starts to win games with players like Scott Hatteberg(Chris Pratt), David Justice (Stephen Bishop), and Chad Bradford (CaseyBond), the eyes of the country turn to Oakland, where only seeing isbelieving.<br><br>What happened in Oakland back in '02 was incredible. It shouldn't havehappened if you ask the right people, and other people will tell you itmeans nothing. Well, it did mean something it has changed the waypeople think about the game for good. You couldn't just go out and lookat a kid to see if he would be a star or not. There were more stats toconsider than home runs, strikeouts, and batting average. The game wasexpanding and becoming more and more a battle of logic.<br><br>The film's structure is centered mostly on Billy Beane, but the mostexciting parts for me were about the system. Writer Aaron Sorkin, who afew months back accepted a slew of awards for his screenplay The SocialNetwork, tosses out jargon that baseball fanatics go crazy for. For thegeneral audience, that's where Billy helps out. Peter explains thesystem and has to break it down more for Beane (i.e. the audience) soeverybody on screen and in the seats is on the same page.<br><br>Pitt's portrayal of Beane won me over. He completely caught me offguard. I know Pitt can act but I remember him for performances thatwere very complex on the outside. Aldo Raine (Inglourious Basterds)with his pronounces chin, squinty eyes, and thick accent. BenjaminButton (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) who grew younger as he gotolder. Jeffrey Goines (12 Monkeys) who couldn't sit still let alonefocus on one subject in a conversation. Yes, he was nominated for allthese performances, but in a performance like this there is somethingbubbling under the surface. All of his characters to an extent havesomething going on underneath, only this character, Billy Beane, is sonormal and calm on the outside, yet when he is alone we can see painand frustration.<br><br>His supporting cast of Hill, Hoffman, and the slew of ball players andcolleagues, help turn this baseball team into the world of OaklandAthletics. Hill and Hoffman especially play perfect compliments toPitt's sunny exterior. Hill is quiet, timid, and very smart. Hoffman iscold, weathered, and stubborn. Pitt is able to play off of bothtemperaments and make their scenes together pop off the screen.<br><br>The one thing that this movie has going for it is the lack of actualaction on the diamond. There are some great scenes of actual baseball,one at bat by Hatteberg in particular struck a chord with me, but forthe most part the action is behind the scenes. There is enough for asports junkie to get their fix and enough drama and with Beane and hisfamily to entice any average viewer into the theater. I can't think ofmany target groups that wouldn't find it interesting, except forchildren, due to language and complexity of some of the dialogue. Allin all this is one movie that will please a lot of people, and moreimportantly a lot of different people, sort of like The Blind Side,only the movie is actually really good.
Biography / Drama
Biography / Drama
Oakland A's GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.
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