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henry ford meets baseball

3/10
Author: bhachu from Canada
25 September 2011

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I bought the hype. I watched this movie yesterday thinking it would be a story that teaches something about the business of professional sports. I thought I would be entertained with a story that explores concepts like greed, pride, perseverance etc. It probably does do this, but it was really boring.

I can summarize the theory as follows: A player should not be judged on how well they play individually, but how do they contribute to the team's ability to score runs. If a winning game was the equivalent of a Model T, then a player is the equivalent of a worker on the assembly line. Billy Beane, the General Manager decides to replace Giambi, their star first baseman who earns 7 million a year with" 3 defective players" for less than a million dollars, who total the same batting average when put together. The fact that none of the 3 players plays first base is inconsequential because it doesn't contribute to scoring runs.

The new theory put forward by the Yale Economics Major who becomes the Assistant Manager to Beane, is to pick players that can produce the most number of wins for the least amount of money. The movie delves into baseball minutiae, it touches on player experiences but focuses on the main character's history through the use of flashbacks. Billy Beane was considered a rising star who passed on Stanford University to play for the New York Mets. He had been considered full of potential but could not deliver. This motivates Beane to accept and implement the new team structure based on the new theory.

Unless you are a major baseball fan, this movie is tedious to watch.

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How can you not be romantic about baseball?

9/10
Author: maheshakavarapu from India
15 August 2016

Moneyball is based on a real story of a manager, also a former professional baseball player, Billy Breane(Brad Pitt) and the journey of his team, Oakland A's, in the season of 2002. The movie depicts the circumstances under which the teams makes a transition from being underdogs to becoming all-American record holders, a success attributed, at least as portrayed in this movie or the book on which it is based or often by the general public, to Billy's unorthodox and unusual methods of putting price on players based on numbers and statistics.

Although the movie is based on baseball, it doesn't often depict out-of-the- park home runs, sacrifices, stolen bases nor any such adrenaline fueled scenes. Rather, the movie proceeds in a silent ambiance taking its audience much closer and intimate to the dialogues. The movie centers around Billy, making the role of Brad Pitt crucial in judging the quality of the movie, which, I feel, is indeed very fine, because, to mention a few, of his facial expressions and lines which perfectly fit to the situations. Jonah Hill takes a non-comedian role, which is kind of rare yet done greatly, of a statistician, Peter Brand, assisting in Billy's managerial decision matters. Besides, the movie also presents several philosophical insights to its audience through a life journey of a manager, and the frustrations, complications, and joyous moments involved with the job, which are never better said than watched.

For the audience loving baseball, the movie may not reach the expectations, as it focuses not much on the game, rather more on the team's managerial issues. Consequently, the audience interested in management may find the movie quite interesting. The same applies to those audience who come from a background of statistics or IT, who would like the role played by Hill. In my personal opinion, I would describe the movie, although I'm not a big fan of baseball, yet in the very lines of the movie as, "How can you not be romantic about baseball?"- it's a metaphor.

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Interesting movie

Author: shuna-14122 from Japan
27 July 2016

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This movie is very interesting. Major League Baseball in the early 2000s , spread the gap between a financial power team and a NOT financial power team , good players are pulled out to the financial power team. Yet the annual salary total amount of the league minimum of class , there was a team that had built a golden age . Is the Oakland Athletics that Billy Beane GM led . This movie is about his success. In this movie, he struggled toward the reconstruction of the team. His job is player assignment so, he fights the player occasionally, he encourages players. This movie's characteristic is that actual video of the day contains so we can not take our eye off.

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Batter Up

7/10
Author: brandonsullivan91 from United States
11 April 2016

Not the best baseball movie I have ever seen. That honor belongs to "The Sandlot", however this one is a fascinating look at scouting, drafting, and general baseball management. Acting is good. Not sure that Jonah's performance was that awesome - he simply wasn't smoking a bong or getting stabbed at a kegger, which I think surprised some people. The tension of work and family does show up and adds a nice human element to the film. Mixed in with some baseball highlights of the actual events can add more power for the A's fans out there. Worth a watch if you like baseball or play sports video games and love building the teams up more than actually playing the games. If you don't know what I am talking about this movie may not be for you.

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Brad Pitt is flawless

9/10
Author: sanjayasantoso from Indonesia
31 December 2015

Never I seen Brad Pitt performance better than Hoffman to be honest, but when you saw 'Moneyball', you'll convinced that the real star and the only star of this movie is Brad Pitt himself. Not only he delivers a strong performance as Billy Beans but since this movie is all about Billy Beane, Pitt's factor really bring it out.. While the element of surprise came from Jonah Hill's performance which is surprisingly good, but to be honest if I can vote whether he should receive an Oscar nomination or not, well I vote for another actor.. But overall, 'Moneyball' is an interesting drama about sports with good performance from the cast

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Great Baseball Movie

10/10
Author: jackson_hendrix_2018
17 September 2015

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For anyone who appreciates the game as much as I do, this movie provided a brilliant interpretation of different perspectives on the way it can be played.

It vividly displays and reveals a variety of dilemmas that are relevant to the game. Whether it be the ways different people judge players or the obvious financial inequalities at the Major League level. The movie shows an internal conflict of the main character who has dealt with the dilemmas of both a player and a manager. Through his many flashbacks and opinions to the way the game is processed and played, we can observe the pure passion that baseball lovers have for the game.

The movie has great lessons to be learned, but is more than anything, entertaining, It combines humor and sophistication to give even baseball haters something to derive from watching. I have seen this movie many, many tImes and still admire its content. All around a great movie, from acting to plot. It is satisfying for any audience, especially baseball minds.

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The Best Baseball Movie Ever!

10/10
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States
9 September 2015

Brad Pitt surprised me as Oakland A's General manager Billy Beane in this film about actual events. Jonah Hill does a superb job as Peter Brand, the Yale educated assistant manager. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is great as the head coach. Hoffman was a great loss as an actor. Billy Beane is a real person. This film is about a two hour love story about the game. This film is for baseball lovers too regardless of what team you're rooting for whether the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees, or the Boston Red Sox. The accolades were well deserved for Pitt and Hill. I am not much of a baseball fan to begin with or a sports fan at all but this film made me enjoy the game which can for hours and seven games with a rival. This film is not about money which has overtaken baseball but the love of the game. This film shows how a small underpaid team like the Oakland Athletics can be David to New York Yankees' Goliath.

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Brilliant movie about why we love baseball

10/10
Author: Screen_Blitz from United States
15 August 2015

Brad Pitt brings the best of his acting talent to this biopic drama about what everyone loves about baseball. Based on the true events as well as the non- fiction novel by Michael Lewis, director Bennett Miller and writer acclaimed writer Aaron Sorkin takes a stab a story of the complexities of the Major League Baseball association, and the odds that defied expectation during these events. Pitt plays Billy Beane, manager of the Oakland Athletes disillusioned by the loss of the New York Yankees in the 2001 postseason. With the help of Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), an economics graduated from Yale, Beane recruits a team of undervalued players while coping with a tight budget. Rather than scouting, his method of recruitment involve choosing players based on home run scores and ability on base. Their unusual method of recruitment takes a challenge on the old-school traditions of baseball Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays Art Howe, Beane's manager who looks at his recruiting with disapproval.

Many may have seen classic baseball flicks such Field of Dream (1989), A League of Their Own (1992), and The Sandlot (1993), but none of these come near as fascinating to this one. Brad Pitt demonstrates a top notch performance as Billy Beane, he definite kind of performance that demands for your attention. Looking back at the previous roles in his career, it is easy for some to cite this one as the best performance of his career. Then you have Jonah Hill, who is known for mostly comedic roles, takes on his first dramatic role and his performance is nothing short of magnificent. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is also given a share of spotlight, but not enough to make this a memorable role of him. This film is also beautifully written, the script is pretty sharp. Though it doesn't quite pack the punch that writer Aaron Sorkin conveyed in his previous, 'Social Network' for an example; there is plenty of heart and flair to be experienced. It tackles on some major issues dealing with baseball and it does with wit and intelligence. Unlike most baseball movies, this one doesn't directly focus on a team trying to make it the top of the scoreboard, and instead revolves around the business activity behind the park. Avoiding all the sports movie clichés, the plot follows how Billy Beane uses an unusual fashion for recruiting players, and it goes deeply how it affects the system. It teaches the audience the behind-the-scenes story of baseball that many may have never knew, and it does such an amazing job with it. It also demonstrates a clear image of what baseball is about and what goes on behind the stage. Yes, it has some funny moments, it has its dramatic moments, and there are other scenes that will have you lifted.

Moneyball is one of 2011's best movies. This film is just so pleasing and so intriguing to watch. This would be very pleasing to baseball fanatics, as well viewers who enjoy the charismatic nature of Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Even if you are not much of a baseball fan, this one is definitely worth watching.

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A Film About Baseball That Easily Transcends Its Game

Author: CinemaClown
2 July 2015

A film about baseball that effortlessly transcends its game, an interesting study of the clash between the conventional & new approach, and a highly polished drama that packs in a lot of heart, soul & inspiration, Moneyball is a fabulously crafted, expertly narrated & brilliantly performed picture that enters the film arena as an underdog but leaves everyone surprised by the time it finishes, much like its subject matter.

Based on actual events, the story of Moneyball follows Billy Beane; the general manager of Oakland Athletics who's given a low-budget team to prepare for the upcoming season. Very disappointed with the limited payroll, he hires a new assistant and decides to put his radical theory to test when it comes to scouting & analysing players, eventually putting together a team of undervalued players who later go on to script history.

Co-written by Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin, and directed by Bennett Miller, Moneyball is a big shot of inspiration that hits many home-runs over the course of its runtime and features Brad Pitt in one of his strongest roles. The screenplay is a pure gem and Miller does a terrific job in transitioning it on the silver screen for his direction here brims with confidence and he approaches the story with a clear vision of what the film needs to be.

The technical aspects are firmly executed under the director's supervision. Set pieces are finely detailed, shooting locations carry an authentic feel, Cinematography makes excellent use of its camera to capture all the action on & off the field, and also gives it a grassy visual flair, Editing keeps the plot real tight & gripping and provides a favourable pace to the whole narrative, while Michael Danna's score makes its presence felt only when it's required.

Coming to the acting department, Moneyball features a reliable cast in Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill & Phillip Seymour-Hoffman, and all of them chip in with commendable performances. Pitt is the real star here for he commands the screen with full authority and performs his duties with finesse. Hill also delivers a strong supporting work as assistant GM while Hoffman is at his usual best and the chemistry these three actors share with each other lifts the story up by a great deal.

On an overall scale, Moneyball is one of the best films of its year & amongst the finest examples of its genre that benefits most from its impeccable writing & solid direction. The rejection of unorthodox ideas, the errors in management style, the continued use of outdated methods & favouring polished pebbles over diamonds are few of the elements that goes beyond the arena of baseball and Moneyball makes these points heard loud & clear without preaching it. An intensely captivating & thoroughly entertaining experience, Moneyball comes highly recommended.

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Yes! a good sports movie.

7/10
Author: santiagocosme from Spain
10 June 2015

First of all, I am not a baseball fan, so I guess my opinion should count a little. In fact, I am not even aware of the rules of this sport. But you know what? I really enjoyed Moneyball. Being based on a true story, you just know that there has got to be a good enough reason for that story to be turned into a movie.

In Moneyball, you don't get to see that much baseball action though, for it shows you the other side of the sport. You get to see the bureaucracy and the extent to which a GM needs to go to be able to compete with wealthier teams. His new approach when recruiting players make him a few enemies along the way, and the majority of his staff seems uninterested in helping him make a good run for the title. His only help (in fact the source of his inspiration) comes from a young economist from Yale who has zero experience in baseball, but both of them are about to embark on a journey that will change the history of baseball forever… At least that's the impression I got.

As a result, the movie is one of those that leave a long lasting feeling. Most of us will relate to the protagonist and feel that sometimes, all you need in adversity is to see things from a different perspective, especially when the big fish is way bigger than you…

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