Moneyball (Flack’s Review)

Posted on | October 11, 2011 | 3 Comments

Moneyball is about Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team.  When they lose the World Series and their three best players are traded, it means they have to rebuild the team.  But then Billy meets Peter Brand.  Peter has a game-changing idea about how to play baseball.  His idea is that the best players are not the ones that bat the most but the those that get on base the most.  Together Peter and Billy create a team of usually ignored (but actually very good) players.  But will Billy overcome his personal problems, is his team actually any good, and will they make it to the World Series??? It is based on a book.

Moneyball is an absolutely perfect film.  Brad Pitt is excellent as Billy Beane and he makes the move entertaining, very believable, and incredibly sad all at the same time.  Jonah Hill is funny and serious.  Hill was hilarious in Night at the Museum:Battle of the Smithsonian, but now he’s toned it down for his first dramatic role. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the angry coach, Art Howe, Chris Pratt as an injured yet excellent new player ,Scott Hattenberg, Kerris Dorsey as Billy’s daughter, Stephen Bishop as older player, David Justin, and Robin Wright Penn as Billy’s divorced wife, all give terrific supporting role performances.

I thought the decision was interesting to not show much of the actual baseball games because Billy Beane didn’t watch them. However I do think it was necessary to show a bunch of their big winning game. By doing that it gave the scene a higher emotional impact. Meanwhile Bennet Miller makes everything flow magnificently and directs the actors to perfection.

The music by Mychael Danna is good at keeping the story going and stay for the credits to listen to it by itself.  Aaron Sorkin doesn’t make the dialogue fast paced, as people said he did for The Social Network. Instead he teams up with Steve Zaillian and writes some excellent yet considerably slow dialogue (although it’s not the standout thing of the movie.)

The story is very emotional and you may be surprised by the ending, which  is not the usual Hollywood kind. I am glad the filmmakers stuck to the real story instead of glamorizing it and ruining the movie. I think this film is one of the best of the year.  The story is emotional, the acting is stunning, the directing is  spot on, and Brad Pitt gives a sure to be Oscar nominated performance. You have to go see it, even if (like me) you don’t like baseball.

My favorite character is Billy Beane because Brad Pitt is amazing and he makes the character the heart and soul of the film.

My favorite scene is when (SPOILER ALERT EVEN THOUGH IT’S A TRUE STORY) the Oakland Athletics beat the record of winning game streaks with 20 games, because it’s a cheerful happy, moment that makes you root for the team (even though you probably already were).

The movie is rated PG-13 for brief language, but if you can handle those words, it’s o.k. for younger kids.

I give the film 5 stars. Look out during Oscar season.

Here is the link to IMDB.


3 Responses to “Moneyball (Flack’s Review)”

  1. Carson Laundry
    October 13th, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

    Great review! By the way, in the beginning of Moneyball they lose the American League Division Series (ALDS), not the World Series as said.

  2. Joshua Relyea
    October 19th, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

    Nice job guys! Moneyball was a fantastic movie!

  3. Ida Mae Raoof
    November 2nd, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

    I saw the movie and agree completely.
    Great review.

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