Director: Bennett Miller
Cinematographer: Wally Pfister
Moneyball is a baseball film where you don’t have to know anything about baseball to still love it. I have no appreciation for the sport but found myself becoming a huge fan, even if it was just for the two hours or so of watching.
For those who not only don’t appreciate baseball but perhaps have an avid dislike for the game, fear not. Moneyball is about the underdog, David versus Goliath and sticking to your convictions regardless of the circumstances. In that regard there’s nothing terribly new about the concept. Although having said that, the statistical approach to understanding the game and predicting which players will be worthwhile additions is a fresh and exciting perspective.
Moneyball really distinguishes itself from other feel good, rags to riches, underdogs to glory stories by its performances. Brad Pitt is brilliant. Simply brilliant. He’s believable, quirky, authentic but still has that Brad Pitt charm that we’ve seen over the years. Furthermore the supporting roles of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill are superb. Hoffman is an absolute legend. He’s one of those actors that churns out performance after performance and just never seems to get the attention one would expect.
The film is slow which can be viewed as a positive or a negative, depending on the viewer. I personally loved the fact that it didn’t end but other viewers may feel that it could move along a beat faster. Perhaps that’s just a sign of the times – where instant gratification is the norm and our attention spans have shrunk.
I enjoyed the art direction and cinematography too. The film ‘looked’ good. The sequence of Pitt’s character in the gym was magical – but that’s just me getting technical.
Unfortunately the competition at this year’s Oscars was rather insane and Moneyball is more of an understated film of brilliance, rather than the most obvious choice for winner.
Overall, a great film. Great story that doesn’t end in a huge bowl of Hollywood cheese but you leave feeling satisfied.
Performance/Characters – 9/10
Plot, Story Development – 8
Quality – 8.3 / 10