Moneyball (12A)

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Tue Nov 22 2011

Power, statistics, economics and the rise of the nerd: screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s follow-up to ‘The Social Network’ has similar inspired-by-real-events ingredients as that film, but ‘Capote’ director Bennett Miller’s approach is altogether breezier. Where ‘The Social Network’ was a steely satirical study of privilege run amok, ‘Moneyball’ is a colourful, old-fashioned sports movie – albeit with darker undertones than your average fist-pumping, underdog story.

Brad Pitt essays his best loveable rogue as Billy Beane, manager of baseball’s perennial outsiders the Oakland Athletics, who takes a punt on a statistical system of recruiting players devised by ball-obsessed Yale graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill). Money-men sneer, commentators scoff and fans moan, but as the season progresses this odd couple find themselves sitting on an unprecedented winning streak.

For viewers unfamiliar with the game, the constant discussion of ‘bunts’, ‘walks’ and ‘flies’, coupled with some intentionally impenetrable statistics chat, renders chunks of ‘Moneyball’ incomprehensible. But Sorkin’s typically prickly, epithet-peppered script, plus winning turns from the entire cast, make for a consistently pleasurable watch.

The problem is one of focus: there are often too many characters to keep track of (Philip Seymour Hoffman is underused as the team’s irascible coach), and while the first two acts deliver one-liners and sporting action in abundance, a muted home stretch is bold but unsatisfying, undermining much of what went before. Nonetheless, as an example of smarter-than-average Hollywood fare – and a sly dig at modern sporting politics – ‘Moneyball’ has all the key bases covered.
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UK release:

Fri Nov 25, 2011

Duration:

133 mins

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bowen gregg lattice

A quality film that left me wanting to know much more about major league baseball Does anyone know what Billy Beane's thoughts were about the film? My favourite scenes were the dialogue between the grizzled scouts and Beane. Would love the A's to win the last game of the season someday, but Beane is a victim of his own success If you like sport, Americana and a story that would be difficult to make up, then go see this film. As good as Senna, but not as moving.

bowen gregg lattice

A quality film that left me wanting to know much more about major league baseball Does anyone know what Billy Beane's thoughts were about the film? My favourite scenes were the dialogue between the grizzled scouts and Beane. Would love the A's to win the last game of the season someday, but Beane is a victim of his own success If you like sport, Americana and a story that would be difficult to make up, then go see this film. As good as Senna, but not as moving.

john o sullivan

Dont read reviews before I see films but I know it has got mixed reviews going on the star system But for me this is the best film of the year. I picked up enough about baseball to understand the rationale behind the geeks logic. Script was brilliant as you would expect from the two writers And Brad Pitt a revelation ,worth an oscar nod was enthralled for the 130 minutes The story is so unbelievable it could only happen for it to believed. 87 on metacritic and 95 on rotten toms says it all

john o sullivan

Dont read reviews before I see films but I know it has got mixed reviews going on the star system But for me this is the best film of the year. I picked up enough about baseball to understand the rationale behind the geeks logic. Script was brilliant as you would expect from the two writers And Brad Pitt a revelation ,worth an oscar nod was enthralled for the 130 minutes The story is so unbelievable it could only happen for it to believed. 87 on metacritic and 95 on rotten toms says it all

FilmFanNL

I just realised that Brad Pitt was already nominated a few years ago for Best Actor for *The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button* and quite some time ago for Best Supporting Actor for *Twelve Monkeys* so here's wishing that he will get nominated before too long for the second time for Best Actor for this film and that Jonah Hill will also get nominated for Best Supporting Actor: they were a winning combination in any case in this fascinating movie!!!