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Summary: An all-star cast brings to life the true story of Billy Beane, a former jock turned general manager who uses unconventional methods to bring the best players to the Oakland A's, a major league baseball team struggling against financial hardship.
If you care about baseball and stats it's an interesting and well executed biopic. Rather briskly paced despite the length with compelling lead performances. I imagine it's a little too low key to really engage someone who doesn't have a preexisting interest, though. The GM transaction scenes rang really hollow.
A film with the heart (for sports, and for smaller sports teams in particular) in the right place. Depp, PSH and Hill are pretty good, the little girl -and her song- are adorable and the enthusiasm feels real. On the other hand, the film lacks speed and does not really offer possibilities to feel connected to it. Recommended for sports fans, not for anyone else.
It is the same movie that comes out every year with slightly different, but inspiring and/or uplifting biographic story about people who 'made it' against all odds. It's such a safe, clear-cut movie, that the only thing I was surprised about was how Pitt is starting to look like Benicio del Toro. Well, see you next year, around oscar's time!
A well made, interesting movie, with a great script. Pitt is good, as is Hill and as always so is PSH. That said (and I realise I'm probably swimming against the tide here!) overall it's completely underwhelming. The problem was very simply that I just didn't care.
If you're going to make a sports movie, Moneyball shows you how to do it: you make the sport take a backseat to nearly everything else. That doesn't just make it more than a re-creation of something you could find on ESPN, it makes it accessible to people who may not give a damn about the sport (like me). Every time Sorkin even comes near a script, it's smooth, rhythmic writing that can rarely be topped. That plus fine direction and performances make this a strong contender.
Moneyball may be the most cynical baseball movie every made. Denying baseball's kinetics, it also rejects Bernard Malamud's Americanizing identity myth in the novel The Natural. This is a nerd's revenge: name-checking real-life athletes, fake-scrutinizing the game's economics and ending with Pitt's close-up shakey-cam tears in order to exploit the current national sense of hopelessness.
Really good. The A's are my team, so I'm a little biased. Would have loved more on the field action, but the overall effect of grounding baseball politics with a struggling team like the A's was effective and genuine. Could have gotten a perfect score, with a bit more baseball.
On the value of personal truth, and how to get ahead in a business; namely one filled with a bunch of uneducated overemotional geezers with something (face) to lose. And also the struggles of the iconoclast: from self-doubt to the frustration that comes with confronting hordes of dogmatic mules. The way you've been doing things your whole (professional) life isn't as efficient as it could be. Deal with it. Brad Pitt is energetic and impressive. Bennett Miller needs to work more.
Moneyball is a great story, but one lacking the pathos necessary for a great film. I say this not to fault the cast, you can see the effort on the screen, Pitt in particular finds a person in his somewhat shallow role. Unfortunately the heart of the narrative is intellectual, with the human element as an awkward interjection rather than a necessary component. I've read the book, and I like how true this movie is to its theme, but I think a more dramatic departure would have made a better film.
A human interest movie that talks about removing the humanity from a game makes for an interesting conversation. Is it the tradition that makes the game? Or is it the stats? Can they co-exist? This is what Moneyball is about in telling the story of the underdogs of baseball, the Oakland Athletics, and their conversion to a new way of playing baseball. With two of the best performances of the year with Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, they keep the movie grounded in a movie dealing with stats.
Generally entertaining film is a little too episodic in structure, and goes on longer than necessary, but worthwhile for an intelligent screenplay and Pitt's extraordinarily emphatic, multi-layered and touching performance in the lead. Unfortunately, the underlying story is really not that extraordinary, and isn't a naturally filmic tale, but hats off to director Miller (and producer Pitt) for a good effort.
A baseball film that seeks to demystify the sport. The movie is made like every other sports movie though so the script and film making seem to be at war with one another. You can't make a movie about how baseball is just all numbers and then try and have a big game scene and expect me to emotionally invest in it. The writing is still strong enough to make up for any flaws in the directions though.
it's adeptly directed all right, but the story has very little appeal to the people outside the us. It has a a faint nostalgic 90s mood and a subtle melancholic tone. I was hoping the fat kid would get laid towards the end, sadly it didn't turn out to be that kind of movie.