Thursday, January 12, 2012

Moneyball (2011)

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.

Mo says:


  1. Very intersting note & Ps !
    I just wonder How much stress is on the team’s manager shoulder in these games and simillar? How many hard time they are working with their assistant or counsellor ? How lonely and thoughtful they might be and why almost great men are divorced with a kid on their hands alone? And why all of the issues in the world are turning around business but people just watch and enjoy and know nothing about whatever is behind the curtain ....

  2. That's what I mean when I say "Moneyball" makes statements far beyond baseball. The loneliness of a leader, the inevitably required will-power of a decision-maker, and his/her audacity to make decisions at times of extreme loneiness.

    I believe you've experienced those moments several times before yourself ...


  3. Ya...I experienced such momemts..and I'm sure you did too.