Moneyball

February 28, 2012 at 9:00 am | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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I went to see Moneyball the other day.

This is an interesting look at the major league baseball.

Unlike most sports films, this film shows very little sporting action. The tension and excitement is created by observing the General Manager of the Oakland A’s. The film rests on Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Billy Beane – the General Manager.

This film is based on the book of the same name, based on the events surrounding the Oakland A’s in their 2002 season. When, without their three top, from the previous year, the A’s won 20 consecutive games (a major league record) and almost made the play-off. All done with the lowest budget in the whole league.

Billy Beane and Peter Brand (his assistant played by Jonah Hill) bring a new perspective to the game of baseball and achieve some amazing results with underrated players.

Beane and Brands’ ideas are not well received at the A’s – nor by the establishment.

The film also explores aspects of management and leadership. How Beane was able to communicate his vision to his players – despite resistance of the team’s manager. It seems in major league baseball, the general manager hires-and-fires and the manager manages the resulting players; there is a separation between player selection and how they play the game.

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