Saturday, October 15, 2011

Movie review: "Moneyball"

I saw "Moneyball" tonight and I don't exaggerate to say that this is one of the best movies I've ever seen.  Brad Pitt plays Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane who finds that necessity is the mother of invention when he has to fill out his player's list with one of the smallest budgets in baseball.  Beane is the protagonist of the story but he's not a one-dimensional hero as he cuts players without much compunction.  Great storyline, actors, characters, cinematography, everything - it should win Best Picture.

1 comment:

BigFire said...

Much like Alexander the Great conquered the known world with phalanx when he went on his tear. 30-40 years later, ALL of the fragments of his former empire employed the same technology and the arms race is not quit so lopsided. The same can be said of Moneyball. When no one else was practicing this philosophy, A's was winning the regular season. However, not exactly explained in the movie, Moneyball as practiced by Billy Bean that season was designed to exploit the weakness of most team's ballpens by extending pitch count, getting on base at all cost, and getting the starting pitchers pass their usual 120 pitch count early to get to the ballpens. This works fine during the regular season, but fails miserably in the playoff where those team's ballpens are much deeper, and the wins are harder to come by. Boston rectified this in 2003 by both using Moneyball, but wiliness to actually spend money to correct the weakness of that philosophy.

I'm still not sure why Paul DePodesta doesn't want himself portrait in the film, and they have to create a composite in his place.