Saturday, 12 November 2011

Moneyball (2011)

Director:Bennett Miller
Stars:Brad Pitt,Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman

"How can you not get romantic about baseball?" - Billy Beane

Its early 2002, and The Oakland Athletics are coming off another unsuccessful season,and adding insult to injury have lost three of there star players to other teams.Oakland's General manager and former Baseball hopeful Billy Beane(Pitt)is fed up with loosing and devises a plan to change the game and catapult his team to the championship,along with the help of Peter Brand(Hill)Billy tries to prove that it doesn't take just money and stars to be the best,but intelligence and determination.

On paper Moneyball has all the right ingredients to make great film,Directed by "Capote's" Bennent Miller,Written by Award Winners Steven Zaillian(Schindler's List) and Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network)and teamed with a great cast including Brad Pitt,Jonah Hill,Robin Wright and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.With all this amazing talent involved i had extraordinarily high expectations,needless to say Moneyball exceeded them all and left me amazed,The film is perfect on almost absolutely every level.

Brad Pitt has been on a role in recent years with great performances in critically acclaimed films "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button","Inglourious Basterds" and "The Tree Of Life",but with Moneyball he gives arguably his greatest performance of all time,He plays the character of real life A's General manger Billy Beane to absolute brilliance,brooding with confidence while at the same time having a crippling underlining fear of failure and not being around for his daughter,He is phenomenal and i definentlty think its about time he won an Oscar. Another revelation in the cast is Jonah Hill, Known for his work with Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen and appearing great comedies such as "Superbad" and "Knocked Up" he takes on a serious role here and is brilliant and has great chemistry with Pitt,Also the always brilliant Phillip Seymour Hoffman is also great in a small role as Art Howe.

The themes in Moneyball are touching and inspiring,We learn that its not always the biggest dog in the fight that wins and never count out the underdogs but also tells us that not everything ends like a Cinderella Story,and that the fear of failure sometimes gets in the way of us seeing what we have achieved and the difference we've made.

Words cant explain how much i loved this film,its very believable and inspiring themes are relateble and tell us we can achieve anything if we believe and face our fears.Directing,Writing and Acting are all phenomenal,There have been some great film in 2011 like "Drive" and "Melancholia" but Moneyball is something more,its a complete masterpiece and i will hard pressed if it doesn't take home some Oscars next February.

Tom: 4/4

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