DVD Review: Moneyball
In 2002, Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, reversed hisstruggling team’s fortunes by choosing players on the basis of theirdeeply analyzed playing skills, rather than what a scout thought theycould do.
In an Oscar-pitching performance, Brad Pitt is Beane, the iconoclastic GM who seems needlessly cocky, even foolhardy in his unorthodox approach to the game.
Moneyball’s home-run screenplay, by Steve Zailian (Schindler’s List) and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), is based on the thoughtful and factual 2003 bestseller by Michael Lewis.
From this “inside baseball” source material, director Bennett Miller (Capote) crafts an emotional and dramatic film that even non-jocks will enjoy.
Pitt as Beane and Jonah Hill as Peter Brand, the 25-year-old Harvard economics grad who crunches the numbers that fuel Oakland’s unconventional appointments, bring deep shades of humour and pathos to their characters.