Movie review: Moneyball

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Jason Paras | Staff | October 6, 2011

“Moneyball”: the classic and very predictable baseball story of an underrated coach and his team rising to the occasion, is interestingly portrayed from the perspective that there are more aspects to America’s national pastime than what happens on the field.

Directed by Bannett Miller, the movie presents the audience with a different perspective of the game. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager. Beane realizes early in the season that the A’s can’t compete with the higher budget teams who buy themselves into the game. Hence the term “Moneyball.”

Although about the sport of baseball, “Moneyball” doesn’t have the usual point of view seen in sports movies. Instead, the film takes a look “inside baseball.”  This in-depth approach to the sport doesn’t necessarily pander to people unfamiliar with the sport. Those who grew up living and breathing baseball, however, will undoubtedly feel right at home.

Even with the potentially dry and uninteresting subject matter, there’s no need for drama-lovers to fear as “Moneyball” will keep you on the edge of your seat as Beane puts everything on the line to challenge 120 years of baseball tradition.

With none of the players having any major roles, this movie truly focuses on the business of baseball.  Billy Beane and Peter Brand, played by Jonah Hill, Beane’s improbable partner who majored in economics at an Ivy League school, begin an off-the-field revolution that could change the game of baseball forever.  Brand comes up with a new recruitment strategy based on statistical analysis to beat the unfair game. Wanting to go down swinging, Beane quickly puts the new plan into action.

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill’s acting is what really brings the movie together. Their great chemistry is evident throughout the whole movie starting from the moment they meet all the way through their last scene in the As’ locker room.

Their acting however wasn’t the only component that gave the film life. The dialogue of the film seemed real and original giving the film a smooth-flowing feel that many movies lack, whilst skillfully avoiding too much sports movie cheesiness.

From an artistic angle, the movie looks top-notch. While analyzing each scene, it was obvious that each set was carefully thought out. The color choices were brilliant since each and every set assisted the viewer in soaking up the mood of each scene.

Don’t bring young children to this movie unless they’re a baseball prodigy.  Although “Moneyball” is appropriate for all ages, it’s imperative to at least have some knowledge of the game to be able to fully enjoy the movie.  Even so, don’t hesitate to buy your tickets. “Moneyball” is just the unique type of movie that you wouldn’t want to miss.

 

 

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