As for sportsflicks, you can not do much better than Bennett Miller Moneyball, a film that deserves to be named among the greatest in its genre – and yes, it contains the Costner trifecta News Cup, Bull Durham, in the Field of dreams. While I do not look at the picture as often as I should, every time I do, I remember its size.
Brad Pitt’s phenomenal performance. Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin’s sharp screenplay. Chris Pratt-as-Scott Hatteberg’s goosebumps-inducing walk-off homer. The collection of amazing characters, namely Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Brent Jennings, and (short) Spike Jonze. That reflective, soul-churning end.
Such elements are good enough to mask the film’s rudimentary, no-numbers storyline, which revolves around a team of misfortunes that eventually unites and “achieves the impossible”, as trailers often say. Of course, Moneyball goes much deeper than that, but ultimately this is an underdog story. Except where typical Hollywood underdogs secure the fabulous trip to Disneyland, Money ball Misfits, including Pitt’s pragmatic (and briefly fused) Billy Bean, retain the kind of cold, punishing, brutal, hard dose of reality that every sports fan knows all too well.
That’s exactly what makes the picture so exciting – these underdogs may not reach the summit, but they are getting closer than they were right. And here lies the beautiful quandary of the sport.
Of course, Money ball greatest gift to humanity, apart from the glorious montages, Wally Pfister’s beautiful cinematography, and Mychael Danna’s great score – God, I love this movie – remains dramatically Jonah Hill.
The popular actor had carved out a niche as either “that guy from Superbad“Or” That Guy in All Seth Rogen Films, “but really turned the corner with his largely understated, Oscar-nominated performance as Peter Brand, aka Pete, aka Brad Pitt Aware. a flesh-and-blood character like another cogwheel on Billy Bean’s spiritual journey, but Hill shifts his performance in a way that makes Pete – a pully, emotional numbers geek – the loveliest (and relatable) personality in the film.
Compare Hill’s equally formidable performance Superbad, in which he plays a sympathetic foul-mouthed teen-
– with his performance in Moneyball, in which he plays a sympathetic, reserved German:
Honestly, who knew the “Ask me about my Wiener!” Guy in the 2006s Accepted was in fact a phenomenal dramatic actor with enough acting panache to walk away with Brad Pitt (in one of his celebrated appearances, no less).
There is a scene later in the movie that more or less summarizes the core message Moneyball about an ingenious visual metaphor, but also goes a long way in cementing the connection Billy and Pete made during their incredible journey together:
This moment only works when the audience really cares about the characters, and pardon the pun, but I think both actors clap their roles out of the park, so the line “Pete, you’re a good egg” always makes me laugh .
Now Hill was better in other movies, namely Martin Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street, perhaps his most iconic role to date – even though his performance at 21 Jump Street is truly amazing in and of itself, to say nothing of his underrated show in 2016 War dogs – but the actor’s dramatic turn Moneyball remains the most memorable, if only because, as the amazing gains made by Billy Beane’s Oakland A his magical 2002 season, we’ve never seen it.