"How can you not be romantic about baseball?" muses Brad Pitt as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane in Moneyball. And it's a truth. Baseball has translated onscreen to more good movies than bad ones. And this is a great one.
Moneyball is mostly a business story. The book, to be blunt, focused on analytics. But writer Aaron Sorkin, who made business dealings exciting in The Social Network, has no trouble bringing drama to the dealings of baseball. In fact, you not only get a good business story, you also get everything you want out of a passionate baseball movie. Except you don't get that traditional, corny ending. For my money, Moneyball is one of the best films of 2011.
Simply put: Out of the park
Award potential: Picture, Screenplay, Actor Brad Pitt (Oscars). Probably too early in the season for Academy to remember a remarkable supporting performance by Jonah Hill.
The Ten Buck Review: Worth ten bucks.