I’m not much of a baseball guy, and math is… well, math. So, imagine my enthusiasm *cue eyeroll* when I heard there was a movie about both. But, it was Oscar nominated and starred Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, to actors I like, so I figured I’d give it a try.
For those who don’t know, Moneyball (2011) is a biographical sports drama about a general manager’s attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to find new players. Basically, Jonah Hill’s character wrote a computer program that would take the stats of every player in the league and find players with great potential who would not cost a lot.
While the math of the movie went completely over my head and likely always will, the movie did make me care about baseball. Even if it was only for two hours, I cared about baseball, which is no small feat. When they hit the ball real good, I got excited. At other times when they caught the ball? That was cool too.
There is also an emotional story of Brad Pitt’s character trying to be a good dad while also trying to win a world series.
But who cares about real life human drama? We’re here for baseball and math!
To sum it all up, Moneyball (2011) is a pretty good movie. Outside of some scenes of explaining math, the movie is full of exciting sports action with a compelling human drama story linking it all together.