“Moneyball” (2011) - Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #1 Gem Mint 10.0

Updated: Jan 11

“Moneyball” (2011)

Director: Bennett Miller

Writer: Michael Lewis (book), Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervan, Aaron Sorkin

Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt

Rated: PG-13 for some strong language

Runtime: 2h 13m

Genre: Biography | Drama | Sport

Country: United States

Language: English

Available on: Various VOD platforms

"Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's (Brad Pitt) successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players."

You might like this if you like: Bennett Miller, Aaron Sorkin, Baseball, Biographies, Dramas, Sports, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Chris Pratt

Brad Pitt (left) & Jonah Hill (right) in "Moneyball" (2011)

Moneyball” (2011) seemed like the movie that a lot of Jonah Hill fans decided to skip. I get it. It’s a “sports" movie. Sports are not my specialty nor are they are my go-to when wanting to watch a film. But it was a sports movie starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’m particularly a life-long fan of Jonah Hill’s and devour everything he comes out with. Will be doing a review for “Mid90s” (2018) for sure. And it was a sports movie written by Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing” (1999-2006), “A Few Good Men” (1992) “Social Network” (2010)). The recipe was too good to pass up. I saw it twice in theaters. The first time I was a little hesitant I’ll be honest. I didn’t know exactly what to expect.

I knew going in I loved every single one of those guys in the movie and was excited to see some more of Aaron Sorkin’s writing on the screen (his online masterclass for screenwriting is terrific & highly recommended). I love filmmaking & movies enough to be open minded to a baseball movie. Even though I’ve never really played the game nor do I even remember the basic rules or how to play… but I f*cking love this movie and found I could relate to it on so many levels.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Moneyball" (2011)

I was able to relate it to different aspects of my life and seeing how it wasn’t just in sports but in all life how people can be treated this way. Without getting into the details, as a very naive sports person, I felt it was very insightful into the lifestyle of baseball players and I would assume other sports players and how business is operated behind the field. Felt like an important story to be told at any time in life. The idea of the film, for me, was looking at things differently, appreciating the smaller things in life, the underdog story, things aren’t what they may seem on the surface, something I can take and understand even if the baseball lingo goes over my head.

I think fans of just the people involved in this film and not just baseball fans could appreciate this movie. If you like the guys involved (Chris Pratt is in it too) you’ll see a great side you may not have seen. The music was great. The cinematography outstanding. Everyone was so good you forget it’s a baseball film and just a damn good movie.

Chris Pratt in "Moneyball" (2011)

I hope you guys enjoy this one as much as I did! Again, if you’re as big a Jonah Hill fan as I am you’ll see a calmer, wittier side of Hill I think true fans would appreciate. Brad Pitt is someone I will aways watch and enjoy. No need say more. The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Rest in peace. Thank you for this amazing character you played, one among many. I cannot say for sure that baseball fans will love this as I am not one of them but I wouldn’t see why not.

Nominated for SIX Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill’s first Oscar nomination), Editing, Sound Mixing and Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zailian (like Alien?) and Stan Chervin.

Wonderful job, Steve Bennett. Thank you for this truly amazing film. As someone who’s very distant from sports it puzzles me how much I love this movie. I still can’t quite figure it out but I’m enjoying the journey.

Many thanks,

Written by Sam Gall 07/08/20

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"Moneyball is a winner, one of the freshest and smartest sports movies in years." - Rafer Guzman, Newsday

"Brad Pitt is at the top of his own game as Beane. Cocky and often nonchalant, he is gnawed by doubts that he tries to cover by grabbing a snack or pitching a grin." - David Elliott, San Diego Reader

"I couldn't take my eyes off of it, and as emotionally interior and as dialogue driven as much of it the whole thing ends up being as thrilling as a big budget action blockbuster and as compelling as your typical star-powered Hollywood melodrama." - Sara Michelle Fetters, MovieFreak.com

"Moneyball is a sports drama that benefits in the intense moments from Bennett Miller's advantageous direction, powerful performances and cunning dialogue. [Full review in Spanish]" - Yasser Medina, Cinemaficionados

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