Last weekend, I got a chance to see two movies and one of them was “Moneyball”. Did I love it? Read below. “Moneyball” is about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
There’s something romantic about a baseball film that draws you in, keeps you interested, and makes you feel wonderful after watching it. To say I loved this movie would be an understatement; it was my pleasure to enjoy a film about a man who envisioned change instead of going with the flow. I haven’t seen a movie like this in a long time. The beauty about this film is that it doesn’t need a love interest, a sexy female lead, or high-octane action scenes. When you have a well written and directed film, with a great cast (in this films case).. you don’t need any of those components. I must admit, I was a bit afraid of watching this movie. I knew I wouldn’t understand any of the baseball terminology if it was presented; but it turned out.. I didn’t need to. This film was all about heart, change, and giving someone the opportunity to show they’re more than what you think they are. When a person believes in themselves, they can make anything happen.. regardless of the opposition in their way; as bloggers, I think we can all relate to that. Simply put.. this movie was great and I’m glad I saw it. I think this film is appropriate for a child to see, but you may have to explain a lot (metaphors and all). As the parent, that decision will be left up to you.
The acting.. extraordinary. Brad Pitt who plays “Billy Beane”, really knocked it out of the park with his performance. I’ve heard people say his performance in this film showed signs of a more mature actor, and I think they were right. Jonah Hill who plays “Peter Brand” also knocked it out of the park. He will definitely be someone I watch in the future. Philip Seymour Hoffman who plays “Art Howe” also did a wonderful job in his role. Chris Pratt who plays “Scott Hatteberg“, Brent Jennings who plays “Ron Washington“, Stephen Bishop who plays “David Justice“, and Robin Wright who plays “Sharon” all did great in their roles.
This film was again, one of the best films I have seen (without action) in a long time. Learning about Billy Beane and his quest for change (while finding himself in the process) was inspiring. His “change” wasn’t about receiving a bigger pay check; but more about getting people out of their own way to start a new era in baseball. I give this movie a 9 out of 10. There is just something romantic about baseball :)