Moneyball (2011)

Directed by Bennett Miller

Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman

An ex baseball player is now the general manager of the Oakland A’s and to be able to compete with the money of the big team he hires a computer whiz who helps train the players by using computer analysis.

Pitt and Hill were both up for Oscars for this film and after watching it I can see why. Now I usually avoid the big Oscar films but this one did take my fancy. The relationship between Pitt and Hill is one of the main aspects of the film as well as Pitt trying to make up for his past and not wanting to be a failure again. The film as a whole is very heavily related to baseball, a subject I’m not really aware of, and can get a bit complicated at times if you know nothing of the sport. Also the film was quite long and at times a bit boring (that’s Oscar films for you), although there were some funny moments as you would expect from Hill.



I did enjoy the film but it’s probably not one I would watch again. I would say watch this but fans of baseball may find this film more interesting than most.

TheFriedGold rating – 2.5/5



Film Fact

First baseball movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) since Field of Dreams twenty-two years earlier.