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Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill play baseball with number, not steroids, and lead the A’s to baseball history without a championship. Here’s my Moneyball review!

Moneyball is a very unique movie. It reminds me a lot of David Fincher’s The Social Network from last year based on its pacing and the way it keeps you hooked and interested even though they are talking 1,000 miles per hour. Probably due to having the same scribe in Aaron Sorkin plays a large part but the one way that this film differs from The Social Network is when during the 2 hours of film that takes place you almost feel like there are about 5 exciting parts. That’s not a knock on the movie in any regard but I feel like that may shew away some viewers who were expecting a more traditional sports movie. Brad Pitt is the clear cut shining star as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. His love for the game that during the movie switches from being a high profile prospect to a 40 year old general manager is interesting to see as he transitions from having that young teenage passion into a more distinguished, matured passion that sees its flaws and faults as well as his own. The next star is easily Jonah Hill who plays Peter Brand, Billy Beane’s assistant. Jonah Hill transforms himself into this role which is unlike anything he ever has played before. It was nice to see that Hill has that great dramatic acting side that his comedic counterparts Seth Rogen, James Franco, etc. have as well. As a baseball lover, I did love this movie mainly because of my love for baseball and even though I don’t agree with some of the ways Beane runs the team, I still have to appreciate it for what it is and know that he paved the way for modern baseball. This movie is very different and is probably not what you expect by looking at it from the outside but I really recommend giving it a try. It’s a treat and will be put in the class of best of the year by me and many others. Plus Oscar buzz.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Moneyball

  1. Great review. I agree with a lot of the things you say here. It's interesting to hear another baseball fan's opinion on the film. I actually did not like the way they portrayed the baseball world because it was very unrealistic. This team was in real life not in any way an underdog team and the film unfairly vilified Art Howe and the team's scouts. However, the film was so well done that they turned all of these inaccuracies into an interesting fictional version of the story.

  2. Yeah there are a lot of inaccuracies that deal with the game but you move past them due to the great filmmaking. Art Howe takes a beating and I feel bad that he gets painted into that picture for being such a good manager. Fantastic movie though.

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