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Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is the General Manager for the Oakland A's, a baseball team that is about to lose some of its star players once the season is over. Billy is frustrated by the fact that his team has only a fraction of the funds that other teams possess to buy new players. One day while in a conference with another GM he meets Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) who shows him a new way to pick players. Peter has come up with a formula on how to pick players and play them in games based on the number of times they get on base rather than raw talent. Billy goes about attempting to implement this new method while all the while taking the blow back that comes from attempting to change the way players have been picked for 150 years.
It took a while for this film to get on my good side, which it finally did at about the 70 minute mark. There isn't much to go with as Brad Pitt's character early on seemed like way to much of an asshole for me like. All he does is go around being a a dick to most people he interacts with and doesn't really seem to care. However when the film finally decides to give some background into who he is then you begin to understand why he acts in the way he does. Still at points I found him hard to empathize with, and the pacing of the scenes does not help. Moneyball would probably be a much better film if it was about maybe 30 minutes shorter. Baseball being the boring sport that it is I was surprised the time the film consumed on the aspects of it that are even less exhilarating. Jonah Hill does give a good performance, but nothing to write home about. People keep saying he deserves a nomination which I find puzzling. He delivers a performance that is better than anything else I've seen him do but doesn't merit all the praise. The last half of the film actually begins to pick up some momentum and does a good job with it. The camerawork was decent as well as the music.
Moneyball suffers to much from subject matter in the end. As sports films generally go Moneyball is lacking a key element that most in the genre have, to be centered around a sport. While I did like Brad Pitt's performance there was just not enough here to justify a higher rating. Rental