Updated: Sep 16
Over the years, many sporting stories have been told in different ways, triumph is the general outcome of these stories, Moneyball tells a different type of story. This is the revolutionary story of the Oakland A's, a dive into the statistics of baseball, changing the course of the sport forever.
Written by Elliot Lines
Moneyball isn't just a film for the baseball fans out there, it is more than capable standing on it's own. The story manages to connect in ways that almost takes the sport out of the equation. The character build up is key, to connect with a sport that you're not a fan of having that connection to the characters is a must. The way in which this film portrays Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) pins him as more of just a general manager, he's passionate, emotional and a family man. Starring alongside him Jonah Hill, an awkward statistician, Pitt and Hill bounce off each other perfectly to create this friendship in a results driven world.
One element that stood out was the background score. In the early stages of the film it created this feeling of discovery, the groundbreaking realisation these real people had truly discovered a new way to look at this sport. Further into the film, disappointment but eventually moving into the realisation that this theory was actually working. This created a depth of emotion throughout.
Moneyball is not a normal sporting story of triumph but of ground-breaking discovery. Although nothing ground-breaking this film manages to create emotion through it's character build up and exceptional story telling. For a film that is about the statistics of baseball, it probably shouldn't be as entertaining as it is, but the way in which it was made tells this incredible story perfectly, a story for more than just baseball fans out there.