Pitt’s performance in Moneyball is just as convincing as his role in Fight Club, but Moneyball is easier to watch and survive unscathed.
As a numbers guy, I read the book a few years ago. It’s a fascinating “real life” look into how we look at numbers and what they mean. People like to say they are data driven, but really they mostly run by the seat of their pants the same way the old-school baseball scouts do.
The film traces the coaching career of “washed up and never quite made it as a player” Billy Beane. His chance meeting with stats nerd Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) leads them on a journey to challenge baseball orthodoxy by buying players that are more valuable to them than the traditional “market” says, and selling flashy players to chumps who would pay top dollar.
What follows is a tale of triumph and tribulation. Beane kinda won, kinda didn’t and the lack of neatness and a cute ending makes this a cut above the usual film of this type.
I’m not a baseball fan, but loved this film nonetheless, so don’t be put off.
Moneyball was the third movie shown at The West Pymble Thinking Person’s Film Festival.