Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when his is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beane – with the help of a young, number-crunching, Yale-educated economist (Jonah Hill) – develops a roster of misfits…and along the way, forever changes the way the game is played.
When I was very little, my grandpa took me on his knee and said, “Lauren, I will love you forever. You could make any mistake in the world and I would still love you. The only thing that I will not forgive you for is if you root for any other baseball team, but the Yankees.”
Therefore, you find me today a Yankees fan.
The problem is that I am not a big fan of actually watching the games. They take a long time. I am a fidgeter. I can hardly sit still long enough to watch a TV show, let alone a 3-hour long game. I can only manage if I have my computer, a book, or my knitting with me, so that I have something to do as well.
While I have some issues sitting still for an entire game, I am completely glued to my seat when that game takes movie form. Some of my favorite movies are sports-related. Who doesn’t love Rookie of the Year, Rocky IV, Rudy (Special Edition), or Miracle? What is your favorite sports movie?
Moneyball is another member of this class of movies. I became attached to characters, rooted for the Oakland As (sorry Grandpa), and held my breath in the final game. Not only is it based on a true story, it is also concerned with the idea of changing the game of baseball. Beane (Brad Pitt’s character) decides to play a different game than the Yankees play and use his lack of funding to his advantage. He does not focus on buying all-stars. Instead, he patches together a team of misfits and uses strategy to make each of them perform in their roles. This was cool.
One part of the movie that I would change would be the last 20 minutes. It drives me crazy when the movie is actionactionaction and then the last part of it is people talking, basically explaining what happened. We are smart people. We don’t need them to tell us what the point is, especially if they do a good job at SHOWING US! Grrrrrrrr.
Good movie? Yes. Oscar-winning movie? I don’t think so.
All right Academy Award nominees, bring it on! It is my goal to see, review, and invent a treat for every single one of you by Oscar Night.