Director: Bennet Miller. Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymor Hoffman, Robin Wright. 133 min. Rated PG-13. Biography/Sports.
Not a baseball fan, and don't know much of its technicalities. But this two-hour plus film fully grabbed my attention, because its strokes are much broader than just a sports movie. The true story encourages taking risks against all odds, and deeply contemplates the concept of "superstition" - not only in baseball, but how it undermines life plans. If Brad Pitt takes any credit for his work, he owes it to his incredible chemistry with Jonah Hill (tall and thin, fat and short). Again and again, Hill shows how pivotal a supporting role can be to a film's success.
PS: No wonder the screenplay was so attractive. It's written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, the powerhouses who collectively have the screenplays of Awakenings, Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, and American Gangster (Zaillian), and A Few Good Men, The West Wing, Charlie Wilson's War, and The Social Network (Sorkin) under their belt.