Every year, I try my hardest to watch any and all the Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards. Usually they are the kind of films that I don’t really want to watch. Well, this year was quite different. I wanted to see this film from the first trailer I saw. Due to a busy schedule, I was unable to view it in theaters so this past weekend I rented it.
Now for those of you who don’t know, Moneyball is about Billy Beane, the GM for the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The A’s aren’t the wealthiest team, which causes them to lose their three best players. From there, Beane discovers a new way to manage a baseball team. The movie is about his struggle of trying to make the best possible team, and struggle he does.
Being from the Bay Area, this movie was extremely interesting and there were many things in the movie that stood out to me. The first one was just how good Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were. Brad Pitt portrayed all of the emotions well and looked like a stressed out General Manager. Jonah Hill played the brains of Moneyball. He really displayed his talent and portrayed a nervous nice guy who is of a lower status. I have never been crazy for Jonah Hill, but this movie made me realize that he sure does have a lot of talent.
The supporting cast is also very good. From the baseball players to the scouts, everyone does their best. This great acting experience allows for a very entertaining movie. The first hour of the movie flies by and by the end you’re hoping for more, not to say that the movie left anything to be said. It’s just amazing how Billy Beane was able to make an impact with such an underdog team.
If you’re a fan of baseball, or even just baseball movies, this will be a treat for you. I give this film a 10 out of 10.