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Moneyball (2011)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 2 hour 13 min
Release Date: November 25 2011
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

Plot Summary

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Over the years, many a sporting story has been told in different ways, triumph is the general outcome of these stories,¬†Moneyball¬†tells a different type of story. This is the revolutionary story of the Oakland A’s, a dive into the statistics of baseball, changing the course of the sport forever.

This isn’t just a film for the baseball fans out there, this stands on its own, the story manages to connect in ways that almost takes the sport out of the equation. The character build-up for this is key, to connect with a sport that you’re not a fan of having that connection to the characters is a must. The way in which this film portrays Billy Beane played by Brad Pitt pins him as more of just a baseball general manager, he’s passionate, emotional and a family man. Starring alongside him Jonah Hill, an awkward statistician, Pitt, and Hill bounce off each other perfectly to create this friendship in a results-driven world.

One element that stood out was the background score. In the early stages of the film it created this feeling of discovery, the groundbreaking realisation these real people had truly discovered a new way to look at this sport. Further into the film, disappointment but eventually moving into the realisation that this theory was actually working. This created a depth of emotion throughout, adding to this great character build up.

Moneyball is not a normal sporting story of triumph but of groundbreaking discovery, although nothing groundbreaking this film manages to create emotion through its character build-up and exceptional storytelling. For a film that is about the statistics of baseball, it probably shouldn’t be as entertaining as it is, but the way in which it was made tells this incredible story perfectly, a story for more than just baseball fans out there.