Swinging for the fences
Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and Royce Clayton
Moneyball is a solid baseball film based on Michael Lewis' 2003 bestseller, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It follows General Manager Billy Beane (Pitt) as he tries to redefine baseball by adopting a statistical/computer-based approach to obtaining overlooked and underestimated talent. The players not only fit into a statical scheme, they are also affordable. This allows a small market team to compete with the big market cash cows (i.e. Yankees & Red Sox) at a fraction of the price.
Brad Pitt does a nice job in the film, as does Jonah Hill. But much like their performances, the film is good not great. Moneyball has succeeded critically, and seems likely to receive at least a sniff from Oscar. Yet, this outing is more of a triple than a home-run.