Moneyball: Reviewed

For a very long time, “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” were the two best sports movies ever made.  Well, move over Kevin Costner, Brad Pitt and “Moneyball” are now part of the conversation.

“Moneyball” is based on the true story of Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s brash young General Manager who changed the way some baseball teams evaluate and value players within Major League Baseball.  Pitt plays the part of the GM, and he does it so well that you forget you’re watching Brad Pitt.

“Moneyball” isn’t just for baseball fans either.  Not even close, although it helps.  This movie takes a real look at thinking outside the box and not always going with the “conventional” wisdom.

Jonah Hill (Superbad) is awesome as the Assistant General Manager.  The movie also offers the most realistic look at baseball – or any sport, for that matter – depicted in a movie.  And the story line is surprisingly accurate and honest.

This film displays movie making at its best.  The story is told slowly and intricately without getting boring.  A must see.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Popcorn.  60% Lemonade and 40% Raspberry Iced Tea.

7 thoughts on “Moneyball: Reviewed

  1. Can we please cut to the facts about this movie? Something no one seems wants to discuss. The A’s haven’t won the American League under Billy Beane, the A’s haven’t even had a winning record in five years, and I love how they make fun of the old scouts but fail to mention that these scouts found the Rookie of the Year in 1986, 87, and 88, the only time one team has ever won the award three times in a row. The A’s also won the World Series in 1989 and went back the next year in 1990, something the A’s under Billy Beane haven’t done. Oakland is far from the lowest payroll in baseball. When it comes to payroll, they are number 21 out of 30 teams. To put that into perspective, Tampa Bay is number 29.

  2. As you know, I’ve been trapped in Manitoba for awhile (see my comment from last week’s Random Thursday).

    But even in my moderately confused state, I recall that Billy Beane was a reserve outfielde for your Minnesota Twins in the 1986-87 seasons.

    Just thought you’d want to know.

    DD from Drayton

    btw, it’s Drainage Ditch not Ditch Digger.

  3. Like Letterman said……Moneyball might be the best movie ever about baseball statistics. Personally, my favorite baseball movie of all time has to be 61*.

  4. I generally go the opposite of your reviews and don’t waste money on movies you endorse but I may have to make an exception this one time

  5. depicted in a movie.  And the story line is surprisingly accurate and honest.This film displays movie making at its best.  The story is told slowly and intricately without getting boring.  A must see.4.5 out of 5 stars.Popcorn.  60% Lemonade and 40% Raspberry Iced Tea.This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged brad pitt, facebook, moneyball, Movie Reviews, Movies, reggie tales. make money

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