Ali Plumb (BBC Radio 1) and Ally Wybrew (Empire Magazine) return to Flixwatcher to review Ali’s choice Moneyball. Moneyball is a 2011 baseball film based on true events starring Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill.
Directed by Bennett (Capote, Foxcatcher) Miller and co written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin it tells the story of the Oakland Athletics baseball 2002 season where manager Billy (Pitt) Beane with the help of Peter (Hill) Brand uses sabermetrics to (controversially) recruit players on a small budget. How you feel about Moneyball largely depends on how you feel about baseball in general and how interested you are in the use of statistics in sport - if neither of these things get you going Moneyball may not be your film. Pitt puts in a decent performance that includes him eating in many scenes but it’s Hill that gives the surprising performance as his semi reluctant assistant. Moneyball isn’t without the sports movie cliches and it is as macho as you’d expect from a baseball film. The zinging Sorkin script gives it both its energy but by being so fast for non baseball aficionados it’s sometimes difficult to keep up and understand what’s going on. Scores
[supsystic-tables id=144] Despite being very, very niche Moneyball scores a fairly respectable 3.91 overall. What do you guys think? Have you seen Moneyball? What did you think? Please let us know in the comments below!
Episode #139 Crew Links
Thanks to the Episode #139 Crew of Ally Wybrew (@AllyWyB) from Empire Magazine (@empiremagazine) and Ali Plumb (@AliPlumb) from BBC Radio 1 Find their websites online at https://www.empireonline.com/ Please make sure you give them some love
More about Moneyball
For more info on Moneyball, you can visit Moneyball IMDb page here or Moneyball Rotten Tomatoes page here.
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