I know, you're sad because there wasn't a podcast this week. But the Morgan Freeman episode was so much fun we had to wait a little while so you could recover. But we'll return next week with a pretty darn odd actress.
This concept, while hardly perfect, revolutionized the way people looked at baseball. "Moneyball" is a coined term looking at very specific characteristics of players and how they theoretically could create a team. The movie hints at the end that the Boston Red Sox adopted this method and finally won a World Series less than 2 years later. For a nerd like me this made for a wonderfully interesting movie. It was like Major League goes to School. And for all that, you get to watch Brad Pitt wheel and deal through what its obviously a very fast-paced process that needs a lot of guts. But he's a more complex character than that - which often drags down the film. We meet his ex-wife (Robin Wright) and daughter who worries about the team's prospects. We also see Billy's past as a high school baseball player whose dreams of going pro happen, but aren't what he'd hoped. Jonah Hill does a good job as the protegee learning the ropes and understanding he might not have the strength to keep going in this job.
We see a lot of the different players - some are chosen very specifically because they get on base, but others are to fill in the roster. It seems that it's hard to commit fully to playing "Moneyball" because it really does involve going against a lot of intuition of players. Billy battles the manager (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) as well as all the previous scouts to try to get them to follow his lead. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. It was lacking a specific spark that most sports movies have, but it would be hard to say how to add it to the film or if it really would elevate it beyond just a good solid flick. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to seeing it again. 4 of 5 stars/lambs
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