Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Moneyball starring Brad Pitt is based on the book “Moneyball:  The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” by Michael Lewis. This based on truth story gives us an insider look at the inner workings of Major League Baseball. The film explains how Professional Baseball is divided between “Big Market” teams and “Small Market” teams when it comes to how much they pay in salaries to their players each year. Pitt’s character is real life Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane who is stuck with the very difficult task of rebuilding a very small market team. The story begins in 2001 as the A’s overachieve and make the playoffs but when the season ends they lose their 3 best players to free agency. While in Cleveland bartering for players Beane meets Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill) who introduces him to a new way of deciphering game statistics and how they really effect the win loss ratio. With a new philosophy on how to build a team in a small market Beane and Brand go against the grain of traditional player scouting to compete with the monsters of Major League Baseball.

I enjoyed this movie very much, I found it interesting and informative tackling the task at hand to build a competitor on such an un-level playing field. Per usual I enjoyed Brad Pitt’s performance, this time as a very down to earth former player general manager dealing with a huge mountain to climb. If you are into professional sports at all I feel you will really like this movie as well.

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2 responses to “Moneyball (2011)

  1. I really enjoyed Moneyball as well. My wife isn’t that into sports, but she really loved this movie. I thought it was a difficult story to turn into a movie, but I appreciated the performances by Pitt and Hill — complex characters that I don’t know if I fully understood by the end of the film.

  2. There were quite a few scenes in this move that captured the baseball magic that drives us into the stadium. In a game that takes forever to play and seems to take even longer to watch, one might wonder how so many movies are even made about baseball in the first place. This is a David/Goliath story, though, within an economic setting, glossed with a baseball veneer and if it wasn’t amulti-million-dollar hit, at least I got my money’s worth.

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