Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseballs conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Be...more
Based on a true story, Moneyball is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseballs conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. Its more than baseball, its a revolution one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say hes tearing out the heart and soul of the game. less
“A dazzling star cast delivers an awe-inspiring performance making Moneyball exceedingly enthralling. A must watch, not just for the sports geeks but everyone!”
The best part of Millers new film that essentially centres on a once-high potential player turned Scout for a low-grade Baseball team (the Oakland As), is that it never really feels like a baseball film. So, even a viewer with minimum exposure to the game will find the film thoroughly riveting for its abundant ambition and the several unusual relationships it uncovers as it goes along. When three star players from the Oakland As are lured away from the team, Brad Pitts Billy Beane has the herculean task of keeping the team going with apt replacements within a constrained budget. A man driven to revolutionize the game more than just shatter conventions, Billy comes across Yale-graduate, the nerdy Peter Brand, who presents a complex formula that judges the players solely on the basis of their potential on-field the runs they score rather than intangible elements Billys team discuss on the round table, like their appearance, girlfriends etc. Beane picks up the idea, and goes ahead with recruitment, much to the annoyance of the tradition-worshiping, game-knowing elder gods. Moneyball, to an extent works well methodically because of its impeccable source material, the Michael Lewis book which goes by the same name. Rest of it is director Bennett Millers almost sublime control and his decision to point attention largely to Pitts character Billy Beane. Hes a charmingly confident for a General Manager, his chutzpah reflecting in the spontaneity of his judgments, consistency visible in being unapologetic about them. It becomes his personal story about the ambition which is nearly attained, but not fulfilled, because of the postseason defeat; and probably because of letting go a tantalizing opportunity. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin whose last film (The Social Network), was again a biography (though sensationally dramatized) keeps the fervour remarkably restrained yet similarly lends the powerful wit. This leads to clever banter, also humour where you least expect it, mainly involving the composite character of Jonah Hill. If the calculated nature of the story steals the romance from the game, as Billy himself confesses, the subplots involving his ex-wife and his relationship with his daughter balance him off assuring a sense of attachment. A Baseball movie with a storyline that is both conventional yet distinct, Moneyball couldve done better with The Social Networks pacing and an elevated dramatic energy. It still manages to pull off the game with its performances and an insightful story which is ably directed. Go, have a ball.