Movie Review : Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball (2011). Directed by Bennet Miller

If you like a business-theme movie wrapped in sport, you definitely will like Moneyball. A true story of Billy Beane, a general manager (GM) from Oakland Athletics baseball club. Even though the movie is about baseball, but the plot itself more focused on what happened behind the game. The story about player transfers, the recruitment process, and the club businesses is what you will get from this movie. Trust me, even if you didn’t know or like baseball, you will find this movie intriguing, exciting, and far from boring.

Moneyball is a story about Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Beane. Billy Beane is a champion-thirst manager who really wanted make Oakland A’s as a championship team. But in that time, Oakland A’s are having financial crisis, forcing him to make a low-cost team. With his $38 million budget, he must compete against $120 million team, which is absolutely bloody difficult. But something unexpected happen when he met Peter Brand, Yale economic’s gradute who tells him he can make a championship team with low budget. He did it with a way nobody have ever tried before : by combining economics theory and calculations with baseball.


Billy Bean, Oakland A’s General Manager

Interesting right? Combining economics with sports? It’s unusual, it’s anti-mainstream, and of course it’s radical. But hey, it clearly works. The main plot of this movie is about Billy Bean and Peter Brand made Oakland A’s get that legendary 20 winning-streaks. They build the system, recruiting player, and trying something entirely new in baseball history. In here you will also see Billy Beane struggle to get that championship team, through denial, rejection, and countless effort. So emotional, so much pressure, and we’re ‘forced’ to feel it. But nonetheless, this movie is really beautiful.

I love Brad Pitt since I saw him in Fight Club. And I love him more in this movie. His act is natural, light, and make the audience ALWAYS feels the character emotion, through his body language and narrative. Jonah Hill also plays important role in this movie as Peter Brand, and can act beautifully and have some sense of chemistry with Brad Pitt. Their act mixed very well in this movie.


Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and Peter Brand (Jonah Hill)

From the outside this movie will look like another boring-sport-theme movie. But i can assure you, this movie is FAR from boring. Almost in entire scene you can feel the character emotion. Our emotion will be carried away, up and down like a roller coaster. We can feel all the suspense, disappointed, loses, happiness and even a glorious winning. I personally have this ‘goosebumps’ moment in some scene because the emotion is so real, so powerful, and so beautiful.

And no doubt, Moneyball is one of the most favorite drama I’ve ever seen. This movie will show us that in order to gain victory, one must step out from the comfort zone and try something you haven’t tried before. Billy Bean does that, and look what happen to baseball history.


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