Thursday, October 6, 2011
3 1/2 STARS
Just about everyone who knows me knows I am not a sports fan AT ALL! But I am a fan of a lot of sports movies. Oh how can we forget the classics and some of my favorites: Rocky, Raging Bull, The Longest Yard, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Rudy, The Sandlot. Then there are the ones that are destined to be classics: Jerry Maguire, The Blind Side. Sports films tend to always be this inspiring underdog story that puts everyone in an emotional stooper which is sort of ironic when sports are supposed to be this macho, yelling, bonding experience. Then why do many of the movies turn the audience into sniffling, blubbering idiots trying their damnedest to keep their eyes dry?
Lets face facts people, Brad Pitt is not just another pretty face. This guy is one of the iconic actors of our time with such extreme talent that it makes me want to weep at the distances he takes his characters. He definitely does the same thing in the portrayal of Billy Beane. Moneyball is the true story of how Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, turned the team into a profitable baseball club on an extremely tight budget in the early 2000's using computer analysis. Now, of course, me not being a sports fan, I knew nothing about any of these events happening or anything on the background of this story. However, the story was poignant, uplifting, and told in a way that any non-sports fan like myself could still appreciate what was happening. Brad Pitt's performance is equally uplifting. He wanted the audience to feel his frustration when it was right and it was the same when it was time to be excited. I especially liked the camera work in the movie; how it would zoom in so close to his face and his reactions were so on time and dead on that it was like we were in those moments with him.
I was very impressed with Jonah Hill's supporting dramatic turn as the brains behind the computer analysis program Beane used to turn the team around. Philip Seymour Hoffman played Coach Art Howe true to form as the hard ass Art Howe probably was, but of course, I wouldn't know. I never had to break out any tissues for this one but there were some uplifting moments that gave me chills. Even though Moneyball is the story of doing something great with very little, this film is certainly worth the donation from your own tight budget.
Thank you and see you at the next blog.