Moneyball is based on the true story of Billy Beane, the General Manager of baseball team the Oakland A’s, who attempted to change the face of the game by putting a team together that would have a shot at a championship based purely on statistics alone. Forget the big name players and the money driven contracts, Beane (Brad Pitt) simply didn’t have the money to do that so he employed a statistics expert by the name of Peter Brand, played here by Jonah Hill and who is based on the real life persona of Paul DePodesta who ultimately refused to let his name and image used due to creative differences between himself and the filmmakers.
To be honest, with the exception of the players, the core cast is relatively small and there is a lot of focus on the Beane and Brand characters more than anything, but their interactions and determination to stay the course of what they are attempting to do is fascinating and it makes a great story. Other cast members include Robin Wright and the wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman. Based on the 2003 book by Michael Lewis – Moneyball : The Art Of Winning An Unfair Game, its one of the best baseball movies I think I have ever seen.
Now this is why I think its going to win and Oscar…Aaron Sorkin. Plain and simple. He is the master at adapting existing material into cracking screenplays and he has had major success before, notably with The Social Network which won and Oscar and A Few Good Men which sadly didn’t win an Oscar but certainly deserved to. The acting is superb and it was great to see Jonah Hill trying something a lot different from what he normally does. He is actually a very good actor and I would like to see more roles like this from him in the future rather than the comedy ones we are used to seeing him in.
For anyone that likes sports movies, or anyone that likes a good biographical drama, then this is a movie for you. One of the best movies I have seen this year and I urge you all to go and see it or get a hold of the DVD when that is released. We need more baseball movies and I am actually tempted to take a look at the sport itself and see what the fuss is about in America, it does sound pretty interesting and complicated, but you don’t need to know the ins and outs of baseball to really enjoy this film, it’s definitely winner for me with a 9/10. Here is the trailer.