Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent.
While Moneyball boasts a pretty solid cast with Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jonah Hill, it’s not the kind of movie I haven’t seen before — underdog sports team needs to win, they need a leader to get them there, and that leader is manager Billy Beane (Pitt), He, along with Jonah Hill’s character Peter Brand, uses a computer-generated system to pick players to create a winning sports team. The film’s trailer kind of reminded me of Jerry Maguire, with a touch of Major League. While I don’t think this is necessary theater fare, the trailer did hold my interest, and I will probably check it out on Netflix when it hits the home video market.
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater.
If Moneyball can live up to the solid trailer it has delivered, then we could be seeing, a potential Oscar-nominated film. That’s a big “if.” A movie about applying economic theory to create a winning baseball team — is not exactly the sexiest concepts. What’s going to have happen for this film to be engaging, let alone Oscar-worthy, is strong writing. The cast is full of terrific actors (Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, et. al) and they’ve all done well with weak scripts; but to sell this concept is going to take a masterful script writer. And that’s when I discovered Aaron Sorkin, the genius behind The Social Network, had re-wrote the film. Sorkin’s words with Pitt’s natural charisma and the comedic timing and acting chops of Hill and Hoffman, could be a home run. So when this film is released in the slower film season of September, I’ll be giving this one a look-see in theaters.