Moneyball (Film Review)

May 5, 2012
Math plus Baseball. Who would thought it would be this awesome?

In 2001, General Manager Billy Beane's Oakland Athletics lose to the yankees in the playoffs then lose three stars to free agency. How can Beane field a competitive team when the A's player salaries total less than a third of the rich teams?. To the consternation of his scouts, Bean hires and listens to Peter Brand, an economics graduate who evaluates players using Bill James' statistical approach. Beane assembles a team of no names who, on paper, can get on base and score runs. Then, Beane's manager, Art Howe, won't use the players as Beane wants. Can Beane circumvent Howe, win games and make it to the 2002 series?

Moneyball is one of my favorite film in 2011. It has some quite feel good tone to it but its not just that. Obviously, it has a sports film, so you get that bit of inspiring moments that suitably fits throughout the film. And as the title says the word 'money', you know it's gonna be a financial sports drama that made me have interest to the movie.

Statistics, as you can say, plays a huge part to the movie. I know, it looks boring but trust me, you will enjoy this movie once the numbers started to take over the movie. It is very clever that numbers can do more than just skills or strength. But let's face it, it's Brad Pitt's best performance yet in his career (My opinion, not yours.)

Brad Pitt is so, so good in this film. I remember this scene, when Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill makes this calls to get new players that made my eyes wide, and grind me a bit. That scene is so good that for there on, I suddenly knew that Jonah Hill can do more than just comedy. Jonah Hill is very quirky and cleverly awesome in this film. Philip Seymour Hoffman is also good in this film. And what I love about him is that you suddenly knew his character without any words saying. He bursts his emotions and sadness without the dialogue.

'The Social Network' became my favorite film because one reason, Aaron Sorkin's script. And once again, he's at helm with the help of also one of the best screenwriters, Steven Zaillian (Won Oscar for Schindler's List). Sorkin and Zaillian succeeded in what a good script should be. A quirky, witty bit of tone to the story. A fascinating dialogue. And a good use of creativity that will entertain viewers.

Overall, Moneyball is a touching sports movie with a statistical mood to it. It was a slow paced turned fast paced ride that you wouldn't ever to forget.

The geek rates it 7.4/10. I'll be back for my review of Dark Shadows.

For now, why not check an interview of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill for Moneyball:


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