Moneyball

Moneyball ★★★★★

"How many'd you do?"
"Forty-seven."
"Okay."
"Actually fifty-one. I don't know why I lied just then."

Aaron Sorkin has had the pleasure of working with some great directors. Bennett Miller, perhaps one of the best directors of his generation, has a style that works with Sorkin's script in a similar way to the way Fincher (arguably one of the best directors of all time) worked with him on The Social Network.

Moneyball is smooth. That's the best way I can describe it. It just works. It works in a slow and dark kind of way that keeps the audience on the edge of its seats. We see subtle performances here. Nothing flashy. The cast includes Jonah Hill in his best performance yet, only slightly edging out his role in The Wolf of Wall Street, Brad Pitt in one of his best performances, and the most memorable third actor: Chris Pratt. Pratt's ability is really amazing to behold. People see him as a comedic actor, and forget that he's held small parts in his fair share of dramatic films (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, to name a few).

This film does not deal in clichés as many sports stories do. It relies on life off the field far more than on it, and in that respect it pays homage to Billy Beane and Paul DePodista, who dictated the outcome of their games in the same respect.

"When you're enemy's making mistakes, don't interrupt him."

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