Moneyball

MoneyballAdapted from Michael Lewis's nonfiction bestseller and starring Brad Pitt at the peak of his acting career, Moneyball falls into the feel good genre, perfect for a lazy weekend afternoon.

Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), an unsuccessful baseball player takes on the role of the general manager of Oakland Athletics' and hires Yale economics graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) who bases his selection of valuable players on the unconventional ideas of statistician Bill James. Together they employ statistical means to select "best" players – and those they can actually afford – finally leading them to an astoundingly successful season.

But more than just a success story, this film is about believing that you can achieve things greater than what others think you can do. One good case in point would be Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt), a professional catcher for the Boston Red Sox whose career was thought to be over when he injured his elbow earlier on, as well as Beane who gave up a full scholarship for a chance at professional baseball, which eventually never happened.

In short, it is about potential and ability – in the same way, Pitt's performance in Moneyball fully exhibited his acting skills and capability. Similarly, the poignant film, which somewhat deromanticizes the sport of baseball, manages to elude its own charm despite its rather dry nonfiction topic.

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