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loretta

Baseball fans of all stripes will enjoy this movie, but people who just go to see Brad Pitt are going to be disappointed. I really looked forward to this movie, since I had read the book by Michael Lewis, but it wasn't nearly as good. The book is delightful, laugh-out-loud funny, and riveting for any fan. I'm sure I missed many references and statistics, but I got enough of them to really enjoy the book.

For those who are so-so about the movie, read the book. It's 10 x better. The movie is ok. What did you think, Lance?

Lance Mannion

loretta, oh, I agree, Lewis' book is much better than the movie. (Soon to be 16 year old Oliver Mannion agrees too. Maybe he'll leave a comment explaining his view.) But I still enjoyed the movie. The link to my review from the fall when I saw it in the theater is at the bottom of this post. You've given me an idea for a post I want to write for Academy Award Week though, about how Aaron Sorkin has a habit of reducing conflicts to one or two lone geniuses vs. the world. That's what happens in Moneyball. Ron Washington, one of the best managers in baseball, is reduced to a cranky old man in the movie whose only role in the film is to be the voice of Beane's self-doubts, certainly not to provide, as he does in the book, a serious baseball insider's critique of the style of play Beane insisted on (No bunts, no steals, no hit and runs etc). The ball players, too, are a fairly characterless lot.

loretta

Funny you should mention Aaron Sorkin, because I am now watching, for the first time, "The West Wing", which I never saw in real time. I never watched any TV in the 90s and early 00s, so I am currently catching up on some old series. I like West Wing a lot (still on season 1), but you are so right that he reduces conflicts to one or two lone geniuses vs. the world in every single episode! It's still awfully good.

Before I read your review, I wanted to mention that I didn't at all think Jonah Hill was at all a good representation of Paul DePodesta. It's only because the script was amusing that Jonah comes out ok; he does get some good lines.

Any baseball fan who ever met or saw Billy Beane would love him. And, in my opinion, he is cuter than Brad Pitt.

I am now going to read your review of Moneyball - I was going to write a review on my blog, but none of my regular readers are baseball fans (I already tried baseball entries long ago to snores and crickets), so I'll see what I think of yours.

Ken Houghton

All right. I watched it. Brad Pitt has aged since we saw him at CGI in 2010. And I mean that in a good way.

The most amazing thing is that the disc has seven sets of subtitles: two English, two French, Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

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