Moneyball Movie Review

Full disclosure: I grew up watching baseball. I have been to a ton of Kansas City Royals games. I really enjoyed the Aaron Sorkin created Sports Night. Aaron Sorkin did a fabulous job during a series of appearances on the HBO show Entourage. On the other hand, please consider that I believe the National Football league (NFL) has usurped Major League Baseball (MLB) as America’s pastime.  

Ok, disclosures aside: Let’s talk about the movie Moneyball. First and foremost the movie was well crafted definitely worth watching on the big screen. Joni and I decided to spend the $6.25 per ticket to watch the movie at our local Cinemark Theater. We try to schedule at least one activity per weekend. The early bird special saved us a couple of dollars. The theater included about 11 people broken into 6 groups. Everybody in the theater purchased at least one beverage and a large bucket of popcorn. A large soda and popcorn cost $11.50. Please keep in mind a bag of microwave popcorn and a 2 liter of soda would cost about $4.25. Movie theater economics and cost structures are important, but I will concede that Aaron Sorkin built a truly well written, layered, full featured character drama that unfolded from start to almost finish.

Over the years Moneyball will easily transition to syndication on television networks. Without being particularly memorable Moneyball provides an engaging escape into the world of professional baseball for about 100 of the 133 minute film runtime. My only real criticism of the film is the poorly written lackluster ending to the film. Maybe Sorkin got burned out during the rewrite and mailed in a cute but ultimately unsatisfying ending. Brad Pitt has developed into a versatile and well-rounded actor capable of delivering performance that are in the end unique enough to be differentiated between films. Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered high quality performances. Jonah was remarkably reserved during the entire film.

People in general really enjoyed the 1988 Kevin Costner film Bull Durham. The true test of a movie involves the ultimate movie question, “Will people watch the firm more than once?” Baseball has been the subject of a number of movies. Very few baseball movies can be considered truly memorable. However, I feel strangely compelled to produce a top ten list about baseball movies.

A Definitive List: The Top Ten Baseball Movies of All Time

  1. Bull Durham (1988)
  2. A League of Their Own (1992)
  3. The Sandlot (1993)
  4. Moneyball (2011)
  5. Major League (1989)
  6. Field of Dreams (1989)
  7. The Bad News Bears (1976)
  8. Mr. Baseball (1992)
  9. The Natural (1984)
  10. Mr. 3000 (2004)

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