‘Moneyball’ not quite a home run

By LYNDAJOE ECHERIVEL

“Moneyball” is the baseball-tinged version of a modern day Cinderella story.

The film is an adaptation of Michael Lewis’s book about Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), who helped change the way baseball teams evaluate talent.

Beane knows his low-budget team can’t compete with the deep pocketbooks of baseball’s larger markets, but with the help of young Yale economics grad Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill) he sets out to rebuild the ‘02 A’s.

Being the baseball fan that I am, I was psyched to see this movie. But halfway through, I felt like they weren’t diving into the issues as deeply as I wished.

Like most movies based on books, I feel the film was missing something. In this case, it was an explanation of Beane’s stalled career as a prospect with limitless potential. Pitt’s shallow portrayal didn’t do Beane justice.

Brand was best part of the film as the perfect foil to Beane’s dominant personality. This movie became more about Brand’s growth than Beane’s devotion to changing baseball.

Overall, I think the movie is a must-see for baseball fans. It’s a fun, smart and breezy story.

 

Grade: B-

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