Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, an ex base ball player who is now General Manager of a loosing side. The film traces how he, with his associate Pete, tries to redefine the game of base ball by building a team with players no team was willing to bet on.
In more ways than one, the film mirrors the way sports is handled across the world today. Money speaks, money bags rule, and players are traded instead of being groomed and nurtured. Portions where Pitt's team is dismissed as a fluke despite a record 20 straight wins runs parallel to how our own cricket team is feted one day and rubbished the very next.
The movie also is a comment on how winning is everything for us as a society. How winners are kings, while losers, however good, are worthless. Pitt's character sums this up when he says he hates losing more than he loves winning.
Brad Pitt is the heart of the movie. With his good looks, it is tough to convince the audience to focus on his histrionics. Pitt fails most of the time, making me wonder what warranted the academy nod to his turn in the film. Yet, in flashes, his brilliance shines bright, and you know this is a career defining act by the actor.
Pete, played by Joahn Hill, is the other delightful act in the movie. He mixes intelligence naivety and sincerity into an endearing mix, holding his own int he midst of a towering Brad Pitt.
Director Bennet Miller weaves an engaging plot throughout and despite being slow, there is not a low moment in the movie. For Hindi film buffs, the direction and storytelling runs eerily parallel to Chak De India, another real life story of an underdog sportsman out to prove a point to the world. Watch this for some fine cinema, even if sports is not your idea of a nice evening at the theaters.view less