|Directed by:||Bennett Miller|
|Written by:||Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin|
|Cast:||Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman|
There have been plenty of great baseball films. The Field of Dreams, The Natural, Rookie of the Year...just kidding on that last one. But I feel 100% confident in saying that this is without a doubt the most well directed one ever made. Bennet Miller tells this story with a passion and beauty that makes you feel like you're riding along with Brad Pitt listening to his story.
And while Brad Pitt will no doubt get the majority of the credit here, the entire cast did a phenomenal job. My personal favorite was seeing Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe. He's incredible in nearly everything he does, but he jumped off the screen at me as the most well played role. But Pitt is the heart of the story, no doubt.
His character's past of skipping college to go straight into the big leagues and being a bust is incredibly grounding for a guy that still exudes so much confidence. Re-working the system into a "Moneyball" ideology is a great metaphor for his baseball career and how the big spenders took his talent and left him with nothing. But their impressive 20 game win streak the following season without those big name players was even more impressive.
It's a fun look behind the curtain of professional sports and how the things you don't see on the field could be what's making the difference. Bennet Miller's ingenious direction deserves some oscar consideration and hopefully Pitt and Seymour-Hoffman will get some as well. A fantastic film about baseball and life after.