With today being the official start of the MLB Baseball season for 2014, I decided to review some baseball movies.
“How can you not get romantic about baseball?” – Billy Beane
Number of Times Seen – 2 (19 Dec 2011 and 30 Mar 2014)
Brief Synopsis – The true story of a baseball team General Manger who tried to think of a better way to win games…and succeeded
My Take on it – Moneyball is a movie based on a book that I happen to know quite a lot about eventhough I’ve never read it.
For over at least 30 years, I have been an avid player/manager of fantasy baseball. It’s a game where each player chooses a roster of baseball players from any team and gets points for numerous categories based on how each player performs. As a kid, we needed to scour the standings in the paper every day to calculate out scores, but with the invent of the internet, it has become much easier since there are a lot of sights that do all the calculations for you.
Due to this love, I have never really been a fan of any particular team, but rather a fan of the game and the players themselves since each team is an eclectic sum of players from lots of different teams.
The way to win this game is to know your players’ stats and to “draft” the right team.
Billy Beane was the first Major League General Manager to start looking at different stats than most GM’s and scouts were trained to look at.
This method of his (based on the writings pf Bill James)changed the way every team started looking at their players because he was able to show that player potential is more important than previous expectations based solely on stats related to pure hits.
I’m not the biggest fan of Brad Pitt, but he is perfect as Beane and he was so keen n getting this movie made that he is also one of the Producers.
For fans of baseball, this movie is lots of fun to watch. For those of you who don’t know baseball so well, this movie could possibly give you a better understanding of how the game works.
Bottom Line – Great baseball movie for those who love the sport and for those who don’t it’s an inspirational story of perseverance against all odds. Brad Pitt is great here. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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Neat review. I really liked this too. Jonah Hill was good in here as well.
Thanks Alex. Yes he was, but I still felt that he was slightly miscast here. he was more deserving of the Oscar nod for Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
True in terms of Wall Street, but always curious to see comic actors turn out more restrained performances and did like it.
I definitely agree with you on that! I think some comics are much better actors when they play serious characters instead of comic ones!
I’m not a baseball fan myself, but I’ve seen this a few times and think it’s terrific. Slick and intelligent, but also accessible. Top performances all round too. Great review Rob!
Thanks Adam, I whole heartedly agree!
Thanks fro stopping by and commenting
I still haven’t seen this, but yours is yet another positive review.
I should probably make a point of seeing this at soon. 🙂
It ain’t about the Twins, but it’s still a great movie to watch especially if you understand a bit about how baseball teams are managed
I do. And not being about the Twins … Meh.
I bleed Brewer blue (I’m originally from the Milwaukee area).
I hear ya on that one! do you at least try to go to games when the Brewers are in town? even with the league flip-flops over the years?
I try to see one or two of them, but many years it just doesn’t work. With the advent of MLB.tv, though, it’s easy to keep abreast. I hear or see almost every game, courtesy of my iOS devices. Which, of course, means my movie viewing takes a serious hit during baseball season. 🙂
I use to pay for MLB.tv and watched mostly the highlights of the games, but I kept watching less and less, so I decided it wasn’t worth the 100 bucks a year. Since I live overseas all games were non-blackout do I really was able to pick and choose
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I love “Moneyball” – both the book and the film. I agree with you re: Brad Pitt…He’s not the best actor in the world but he is fabulous here. I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Billy Beane. Plus, he had great chemistry with Jonah Hill.
So glad you reviewed this film. I can’t say enough good about it.
Thanks again SS.
Glad we agree on this one!
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