Moneyball

Hello UK readers! I went into this film knowing how boring I find baseball. Fear not. You don’t really have to understand the sport (or particularly like it) because most of the actual game-play is easy to follow. It will be interesting to see how Moneyball fares at The UK box office. Just as in Major League Baseball, there is a lot of money sloshing around in The Premier League and the basic premise could almost be re-written around a traditional, lower-budget and ultimately mid-table football team struggling to compete against richer teams.

The premise of the film is based around the book of the same title, written by Michael Lewis. His other books, Panic and The Big Short are also excellent, incidentally. The Oakland Athletics General Manager poaches an economist from another baseball team and they begin the process of rebuilding the “A’s” with players they believe to be undervalued due to various biases inherent in the sport. For example, pitchers that throw in an unusual manner or older players assumed to be in decline. For a football parallel, imagine how some managers like Ron Atkinson (for all his faults) began signing black players in the 1980s.

The movie essentially tells the story of the fight between the 150 years of traditional baseball scouting versus the new economic recruiting model known as sabermetrics, but it also manages to capture the romance of baseball – something many UK viewers may not appreciate. But perhaps Brad Pitt may make up for it šŸ™‚

I found the musical score strangely mesmerising. It’s by Mychael Danna, who studied music composition at The University of Toronto. Here’s the trailer:

Now showing in North America, out 25th November UK.
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