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"Moneyball" Movie Review

Surabhi Srivastava |
September 24, 2011 | 5:49 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter


Moneyball Movie Poster
Moneyball Movie Poster
When Brad Pitt stars in a movie, there is an automatic buzz in the air. Expectations are set high as avid movie watchers prepare themselves for a movie that not only provides entertainment but also substance of some sort. Pitt’s latest release stays true to his track record and provides audiences with exactly what they are waiting for.

There’s no use fighting clichés, because lets face it; there’s a reason they work. "Moneyball" (directed by Bennet Miller) based on a true story, is the classic sports film. It tells the story in a way that appeals to human emotions while still staying true to the sport at hand.

Though essentially a story about a man who changes the way the world plays baseball, "Moneyball" is also a story about a struggle. No one makes sports movies about perfect people who have it easy, because well that’s just not very interesting. Audiences are drawn to tragedies, chaos, and inner turmoil. Pitt’s character, Billy Beane, faces the struggle of fighting the system.

Beane is the general manager of the Oakland A’s, a low budget professional baseball team. Without sufficient funds, he is unable to retain his strong players and loses them to teams who are able to pay much higher salaries. Bogged down by his own unsuccessful past career as a professional baseball player and failed marriage life, Beane struggles to find a way towards success. After meeting Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a recently graduated Harvard student with fresh new outlook on the way baseball should be played, Beane fights against the odds to create a new winning formula. Pete teaches him that winning isn’t about having the strongest players; it’s about having the right puzzle pieces to create the overall desired effect. He uses a computer-generated analysis to choose new players on the team with the hopes that the new formula will help them beat the odds.

Pitt is the perfect choice for the character of Billy Beane; it’s as if this role was created for him. He plays the part to the tee and carries a majority of the weight of the movie’s success. The chemistry between Beane and Pete adds comic relief and creates many memorable moments throughout the movie, especially when the movie starts to get dry and sport heavy at parts.

Though the movie could have been edited a more thoroughly to get the story out in a more concise and less lengthy manner, it is still worth the time to watch on the big screen. The true story of Billy Beane is powerful and inspirational, and Brad Pitt does him justice. Audiences will walk away with a whole new understanding and appreciation of baseball not only as a sport but also as a grueling business. If nothing else about the movie does it for you, watch it for the 133 minutes of Brad Pitt.

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