Moneyball – my new favorite baseball movie

I know that’s a bold statement – especially since it dethrones the long reigning A League of Their Own as my favorite baseball movie, but it’s true.

Check out this cool trailer for Moneyball via @RottenTomatoes

What I liked:

I enjoyed the pacing of the plot and the scriptwriting was clever and often hilarious.  Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Billy Beane was flawless as the general manager of the Oakland A’s who repeatedly loses his top talent to other MLB teams with higher payrolls and decides to do something about it.  His interactions with Jonah Hill’s character, Peter Brand – the Yale graduate with a unique system for rating ball players are hilarious and inspiring.  Actually, Billy’s interactions with everyone are funny.  Oh, and Philip Seymour Hoffman is in this film.  Boom.

What I didn’t like:

The ending. I wanted to see more – at least another 10 – 15 minutes.

Favorite Character:

Billy Beane.  He’s sarcastic, direct, and hilarious (a tri-fecta if you will).

Favorite Line:

“There are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap. And then there’s us.” – Billy Beane

Bottom Line:

This movie is about baseball.  But it’s about more than just the struggles of Billy and his Oakland A’s, it’s about a fundamental issue of the game of baseball.  It’s about taking risks and believing in an idea — a crazy idea, even an unpopular idea — and seeing where it takes you.  Moneyball is funny, smart, genuine, and good.  You don’t have to like baseball to like this film.  I promise.

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