The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane and his successful attempt to assemble a contending baseball club on a shoestring budget by employing a savvy computer enabled analysis to draft players.
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Hypothesises how managerial decisions based on statistical data can have far-reaching implications on a sporting team. The impersonal nature of this practice might be frowned upon on a pastoral level, but as a template for a certain type of empirical success, it is compelling. Pitt and Hill share a tag-team-chemistry rarely found in contemporary Hollywood cinema. Excellent.
This movie is flawless. Excellent chemistry between Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, an engaging script that's structured like a thriller and a non-typical for the baseball genre directing approach by Bennett Miller. Just excellent all around.
Bennett Miller directs this gripping true story about the General Manager of the Oakland A's, who revolutionized the game of baseball by refocusing on statistics and numbers rather than star power, and piloted the A's to the longest winning streak in baseball history. Smart, compelling, and sharply written, MONEYBALL is a solid grown up drama that isn't your typical sports movie.
A film about dispassionate statistic analyses made in a detached, meditative, near-comatose style which is as literal-minded as it is achingly dull. For its fidelity it is admirable. But I can only imagine minutiae obsessives and diehard baseball fans finding pleasure in this. Sorkin stripped of wit? Why don't you drill a hole in my head for two hours.
This is a movie that proves the word Fincher-esque now needs a qualifier. Moneyball is a movie that does to Baseball what Social Network did for Facebook and what Zodiac did for a sprawling, unsolved mess of a case file. The Sorkin script keeps things funny and human and Miller's direction keeps you on the edge of your seat. I don't give a tinker's damn about baseball, but I love this movie.
Despite its beautiful cinematography and interesting backdrop, this was so plain. Hill was as grating as ever, and Pitt seems to be sleepwalking through his performance. Pratt wasn't used enough. The inclusion of real footage was a nice touch, and broke up the monotony, but it wasn't enough to save it from complete dullness. At least Miller's new effort (Foxcatcher) seems to have a mild interest in human complexity.