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Moneyball

A 2011 movie directed by Bennett Miller.

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A silent and warm journey through the field of professional sports. An act of courage and love.

  • Dec 19, 2011
Rating:
+3

Moneyball was one of my most anticipated movies of this year. The simple combination between Miller, Sorkin, Pitt, Hoffman, and Pfister projected the prospect of a bomb movie. The clock was ticking faster and faster and as soon as I hit the comfortable seat in my theater I decided to let myself caught in this movie's bliss. Did I get caught in that web? Ehh... not really. Sadly, I was too hyped over this project that I left in a way disappointed even though I thought the movie was overall great. I do have my issues though. In a way, I consider this movie to be this year's The Blind Side because, let's be honest, it kinda follows the same receipt and uses the same tools to deliver it's story.

We all know what this movie is about. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of Oakland A's, who forced to reinvent his team with a small budget he outsmarted the richer clubs with the help of Peter Brand played by Jonah Hill, who was mainly dedicated to the study of players progress and skills through a mathematical pc program. These guys reinvented the way the trades were made, reinvented the job of scouting, and fought in their way against those who tried, consciously or not, to wipe the soul of this game. While I'm not familiar with baseball, while I don't even like it as sport, I couldn't invest emotions in the technicality and the progress of the team but I did care about Billy Beane and was impressed by his attitude towards the sport. Such a fighter and such a warm person that refused to let things fall around him. While he never got the title, while he always failed on the level of awards acknowledgement, he won as a person and as a man. He refused several contracts for big teams including the Red Sox because he wanted to achieve something and not buy it. The scope of achievement without a ridiculous amount of investments in the team held him back but also forced him to live as a dreamer. The movie doesn't really reflect too much action from the field, matter of fact, this is one of the things I was kinda disappointed with even if I understood what the director tried to show. There is a real lack of on-field action so ... even if you hear or watch Billy, you're still not cheering for the team. But what I'm talking about because this is exactly the point of the movie. Do not cheer for the team but cheer for Billy Beane, thing which Moneyball succeeds in doing. The story is really well written and developed around Billy. No real flaws in writing, no over the top sentimentalism, no over the top dramatic tips, it is a simple but beautiful story of sports survival.

Brad Pitt gives a wonderful, light, and chilled performance. Definitely an Oscar nominee but even as a big fan I can't consider him a possible winner at all. His sweet performance is still not what I consider an Oscar worthy performance, a performance that will melt your feet and freeze your brain, and leave you speechless in your seat. Jonah Hill did a good job, nothing spectacular though. He played -again- his usual self but in a more serious tone. Hoffman had like 2 minutes on the screen so I won't even bother talking about something that I barely can talk about in the first place. I have to admit though that I did expected more from Wally Pfister the DP. While the color palette was beautiful, while the contrast was so fresh and alive, I thought he'll give us more shots that will offer a larger perspective of the game for example. We did not get that and I was kinda surprised. The music thought fitted the whole silent atmosphere perfectly. The end could have been better since it feels like it just closes a chapter in someone's life and then tells you that it's all over. It makes you asking for more and at the same time raising stupid questions like "Is that all?" (like I did).

This movie is a dose of a silent journey through the field of professional sports, an act of courage and love. It's a light and warm film that talks about someone's particular progress in life. Successes, disappointments, fails, and moments of excitement, they are all hidden in this small cinematic charm called Moneyball.

Storyline/Dialogue: 9
Acting: 8.5
Technical Execution: 8.5
Replay Value: 8.5
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Overall: 8.5

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December 20, 2011
Excellent write up. You know much as I liked the performances, I kinda wished that Pitt would've evolved into his character a little more; much like Fox did in Ray and Smith did in "Ali". The script definitely made this film a lot better than I expected. Now I am excited to see Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" tomorrow.
December 20, 2011
Wow. Can't wait to see that. I'll watch MI4 this week and SH2. TGWTDT next week...
 
December 20, 2011
I can't wait to see this one, it's definitely on my must-rent list. Nice write-up!
December 20, 2011
You will like this, Sam....I think you should make time for 50/50 once it is out. Me and Julian agree that it is a great film.
 
December 19, 2011
Great review !
 
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (ISBN 0-393-05765-8) is a book by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland's disadvantaged revenue situation. A film based on the book starring Brad Pitt was released in 2011.
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