I first noticed Moneyball (2011) at the BAFTAs. I am not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but it was interesting to see the continued nominations in quite a few categories. While they were showing the clips of the movie, I did notice Jonah Hill and somewhere a mental note wrote itself down. It would be worth watching. After the BAFTAs I conveniently forgot about the movie.
And quite by chance, we ended up seeing Moneyball, a couple of days ago. The theatre was empty – there were less than ten people – a strong indicator that the movie was really good or really bad.
As the movie started, I was happily surprised to see the names of Robin Wright and Philip Seymour Hoffman; I adore both of them. One advantage of not knowing much about a movie that you are seeing, is the ability to see it with clear, un-influenced eyes.
[Depending on what you consider to be spoilers, potential spoilers ahead]
The movie has a slow but consistent pace, except for a small patch that describes passage of time. Every character eases into the story gracefully. Every character (almost) is quite real. I did feel that the Robin Wright was wasted on a very small role that didn’t have any meat – and since I do not understand the logic or the politics of the casting concept, I will let that go. I had mentioned this issue in my review of Inception.
The movie starts with a quote by Mickey Mantle, “It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.” While the movie itself is about baseball, there are subtle layers of human strength and weaknesses. You may have heard the quote – “Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently.” This movie is about that. In fact, while difficult to let go of the baseball theme, it would serve as a good film on management thinking.
Over all, a good watch, worth going to the theatre for and even owning a DVD.