“Moneyball” Worth The Dough


Genres: Biopic, Drama and Sports
Running Time: 2 hr. 6 min.
Release Date: September 23rd, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for some strong language.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Director: Bennett Miller

JJ Rating: A-

Loosely based on 2001 Oakland A's season where Bill Beane (Brad Pitt) uses sabermetrics created by Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who is loosely based on someone who didn't want to be in the film. Sabermetrics uses skills to score instead of cost of player to dictate greatness. Moneyball.


5 Good Things About This Film

  1. Brad Pitt is perfect. Crisp and powerful in a good jabbing kind of way. He is a very good actor. He is on my Will See Film List. If he's in a film, it has a higher chance of me seeing it. If the film is boring (Babel) Brad Pitt never is.
  2. Jonah Hill is not one of my favorite actors. I like Superbad but I didn't really like him in that film. I've never really liked him in any film. He's a one-trick-pony type actor and he is not someone I'd pay to see just cause he's in the film. However, this go around he's very subdued and fits the role. He did a good job.
  3. The dry concept of how to make a baseball team based on scoring, getting on base and hitting, did not bore me in the least.
  4. The film is long, clocking over 2 hours. I didn't feel it drain on me. It had great time management.
  5. Moneyball is well written. The script did a good job of telling a story without telling a story. It had a natural progression.

2 Bad Things About This Film

  1. I could never, ever write a Biopic because I have a hard time lying and I love writing, so trying to get me to lie through my writing would be too much. I wish they stuck closer to the truth.
  2. People who talk about movies based on truth as if they broke a rule for not being totally accurate. Yes, this has nothing to do with the movie itself, but it does make me want to punch those people's soft spot, cause I'm sure they're still an infant. Kill them? No, injure their communication enough they can't share that dumb view ever again.

Moneyball will be one of the ten (over the top number) nominations for Best Picture. If it's not, then someone paid someone else to touch someone else's genitals to get on that list. One of the best movies I've seen this year. I have several Marvel films on my list, but there's room for a great baseball movie.

Moneyball is a fun movie about baseball and management. I know it's not totally true. I dislike when people whine about truth in films. I agree that it would be nice if truth in films was wanted by all who are involved, but that's just not the case. Movies apparently cannot be based on reality of the story. There would be lots of uhs, silence, boring conversations...everything that people go through daily, but can't stand in a film. It's funny.

See Moneyball it's worth it.

1 comment:

Theo Academy said...

Moneyball sucks, the end. By the way, I agree with you 100% on Jonah Hill. Bad, one-trick pony. But I will admit, he was good in this.

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