Statistical Mathematics and Baseball? No thank you. However, after a long streak of not watching MoneyBall I finally broke down and gave it a chance. I blame Sklarbros Country (Henderson!) for getting me into the non-sports side of sports.
After I watched MoneyBall I couldn’t help but wonder if the pitch for the screenplay was based on projected average box office returns. The book, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, is written by Michael Lewis, who succeeded in making me interested in finance.
Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) challenges the system and defies conventional wisdom when he is forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget. Despite opposition from the old guard, the media, fans and their own field manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beane – with the help of a young, number crunching, Yale-educated economist (Jonah Hill) – develops a roster of misfits and changes the way the game is played forever.
Moneyball also features an all-star lineup of filmmakers. Academy Award winners Steven Zaillian (1993, Best Adapted Screenplay, Schindler’s List) and Aaron ‘walk and talk’ Sorkin (2010, Best Adapted Screenplay, The Social Network) wrote the screenplay
The Blu-ray™ and DVD contain all-new special features including four featurettes, a blooper reel and much more. Moneyball will be available on Blu-ray™ for £22.99 RRP and on DVD for £17.99 RRP.