i’ll just say it up front – major league is the only other baseball movie that comes close to this one for me. with one viewing this movie just about moved to the top of the baseball movie genre. aaron sorkin does another true story and brings it to life as few can. he’s great at mixing drama and comedy and building characters. he did it well with the west wing, he did it well with the social network and he’s done it again here. moneyball is about billy beane and paul depodesta who, while everyone else in baseball is looking right, look left. another of lewis’ books is also like that – the big short is about the economic collapse of 2008. everyone looked one direction assuming that derivatives and securitization of mortgages were a great idea, but a few didn’t and became very rich as a result.
as good as brad pitt was, i think that jonah hill was even better. he’s typically a funny guy, and he gets laughs here, but he’s more subdued than usual and to good effect. also well-directed.Watched in theater