Becky and I went to see the new movie Moneyball last week at the AMC Theater in Highlands Ranch, CO with our son Corban, who is a little league baseball player. The Fandango website at Moneyball, which is a good site to check for show times, describes the movie as follows:
“Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland A’s, one day has an epiphany: Baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. Faced with a tight budget, Beane must reinvent his team by outsmarting the richer ball clubs. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), Beane prepares to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits bargain-bin players whom the scouts have labeled as flawed, but have game-winning potential. Based on the book”
Moneyball is a cool movie about the inside workings of Major League Baseball. Brad Pitt is really good in this film as the character Billy Beane and the story is entertaining. It’s a long flick though, probably about a half hour too long. The Directing made us agonize a few times, as we watched the main character sit around checking his text messages, instead of watching his team play a ball game.
This movie would have been much better had they had more baseball in the film, instead of so much of it being just about the players, the management and the owners. That’s the story though, it’s about the business of baseball and not a baseball movie. Nevertheless, it’s still interesting because of Brad Pitt and his sidekick, Jonah Hill, that pretty much make the film. The story is interesting and the ending is really amazing because of the way baseball has forever changed based on the system that was created by Billy Beane and his “genius” assistant.
I really liked this movie and thought it was Worth The Trip. I wouldn’t rate it a Don’t Miss It, since it was a bit boring at times, but it was worth the price of admission for sure. If you like baseball you should like this film. Becky liked it too, but Corban was bored out of his head. They also used the “F” word once, so be forewarned before you take your younger kids. Most young kids won’t like this movie because it’s about the business of baseball, trying to create a winning team, much more than baseball itself.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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