Moneyball (2011)

As a film Moneyball works. As a piece of baseball history it doesn’t. It’s hard not to overlook the liberties and dramatizations it takes. I figure though, that most viewers don’t care about the inaccuracies. I guess that’s what documentaries, books, and 10 hour movies with intermissions are for. Brad Pitt was good but not great. What I mean by this is that he delivers a performance (when not acting like Tyler Durden in Fight Club) that sells the movie and draws the audience in. However, his portrayal doesn’t live up to acting that normally goes hand-in-hand for Oscars, nomination yes- winning no.

As a baseball fan, I got the references for the most part and thought they developed an appreciation for the As. So much so someone in the audience guffawed at a baseball play error, really loudly. Yet, as a baseball fan I couldn’t but help but think that this was a no-brainer. You cannot build a World Series team with on base percentage and basic stats. While it can lead to winning a large amount of games over a large sample size (162 games to be exact), the structure sinks in the playoffs where 1 game can make all the difference in a 5 or 7 game series. At the least, Moneyball should bring people back to baseball or create new fans of the best sporting game.

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  1. I know nothing about baseball, really, and felt confused through most of the film. Which wouldn’t have been so bad if the movie didn’t feel ten hours long. The scenes were too drawn out, there was too much dramatization over nothing important, and overall it just moved at a pace too slow to keep my attention. I know the critics are loving this movie (although I don’t know why), but I wouldn’t recommend it. It wouldn’t have mattered to a non-fan if there were some confusions, but the film as a means of entertainment fell quite short of the mark.

  2. Baseball-wise, it bothered me how they made it seem like the 2002 A’s were an entire team of bargain basement misfits when they actually had 3 of the best starting pitchers in baseball (Hudson, Zito, Mulder). But I realize it’s a movie…it’s all about heightening the drama of the underdog thing.

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