Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, MONEYBALL is a baseball movie. It tells the story of the business side of baseball. Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane who has to grow the Oakland A’s into a viable team with little money. In addition to scouting and conventional methods of assembling a team, Beane introduces statistics and mathematical analysis into player evaluations. Of course, others in the league thinks he is crazy. MONEYBALL is a good movie, but not Best Picture good. Many of the reviews I have read predict a Best Picture nomination and that may very well be the case, but certainly not a winner. Brad Pitt’s performance is probably best of his career. I could see him getting a Best Actor nomination, but not a win either. Best Adapted Screen Play on the other hand is a lock. Aaron Sorkin again writes a great movie. Much like THE SOCIAL NETWORK there are many long scenes in MONEYBALL with actors just talking. There are parts in the middle that are a little slow in. All in all MONEYBALL is a good movie and if you like to see all of the movies before Oscar night, you should check it out.
MY GRADE: B+
The reviews have been almost all positive. Rotten Tomaoes scrore is currently 94%. With a Metacritic rating of 87. It is thought that there needs to be a Metacritic rating of at least an 85 or higher to be considered as an Oscar contender. In case you dont know, Metacritic takes a group of movie critics who rate the movie up to 100. They average their scores to come up with a Metacritic number. Rotten Tomatoes does sort of the same thing, but includes readers plus critics scores. With these kind of numbers MONEYBALL will likely win the weekend Box Office.