Movie Review: Moneyball

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I recently watched Moneyball, a true story about baseball that took place in the early 2000′s. It stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the General Manager of the Oakland A’s Major League Baseball team. Billy Beane decided to implement a revolutionary approach to making his team, which has a relatively tiny payroll a winner and compete with teams with multiple times the payroll size. It also stars Jonah Hill who plays the newly hired Assistant General Manager, even though his background is in economics, not baseball.

I won’t get into the details of the plot because you can easily look that up or watch the movie trailer. Instead, I will just give you my thoughts on the film. To start, it’s a very interesting movie. It takes you into the world of upper management of a big league sports franchise and the fact that it’s a true story gives it that much more credit. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill both played their roles very well. I even heard people mentioning Brad Pitt’s performance as Oscar worthy. I often disagree with Oscar picks, but this wouldn’t be a bad choice.

Although I am a sports fan and a baseball fan, I was not aware of this story so it was very enlightening for me. After seeing this flick, I realized that this story may be the main reason why certain strategies are implemented by team management today when putting together rosters not only in baseball but in other sports like the NBA as well. This makes it very important to the world of sports.

I am not sure how non-sports fans would find this movie. I suspect they would enjoy it because it is well made and written. However, sports fans will likely get more out of it because they will be familiar with the teams and many of the players mentioned in it. Overall, this is a good movie that everyone should watch, especially sports fans.