Sound Off: Bennett Miller's 'Moneyball' Movie - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
September 23, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It's baseball time! Hitting theaters is an adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction book Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as manager Billy Beane of the Oakland A's baseball team, trying to reinvent the way baseball is played using sabermetrics. Originally developed by Steven Sodebergh with an Aaron Sorkin script, it ended up being directed by Bennett Miller (Capote) with another script revision by Steve Zaillian. So how is it? One of the best sports dramas in years? Does it live up to the book itself? If you've seen the film, leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts on Moneyball!
To fuel this fastball, I really enjoyed Moneyball, but didn't love it, something seemed to be off about the first half, specifically the dialogue between Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt. It took a little while for it to get going, but once it did, that's when I fell into it and started loving it. But it has some issues with random subplots that don't go anywhere and the dialogue early on seeming a bit stale, but overall it's a well-made film that gives us a look at baseball like we've never seen before on the big screen. I really enjoyed all the archival footage and documentary-like bits that they kept in there, as it made it all feel more real and important, rather than just entertainment. It's a solid film and I certainly enjoyed it, but it wasn't good enough to make my Top 10.
What did you think of Moneyball? One of the best baseball movies yet or a filmmaking mess? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!