As most of you know, the Academy Awards are tomorrow. No, I won’t be watching, but this year I have actually seen a couple of the movies up for Best Picture, The Help and Moneyball.
The Help I saw in the theater when it came out and loved it. I had already read the book though, so knew what to expect.
David and I just watched Moneyball last weekend. I had heard it was very good, and I wanted to see it, but my expectations weren’t really too. Really, it’s about baseball and stats, and even though I like Brad Pitt, he’s not reason enough for me to watch a movie. I really enjoyed it though. The movie is based on the bestseller of the same name by Michael Lewis. It tells the story of the 2002 Oakland A’s, a team with a low budget and a larger than life manager in Billy Beane. He takes a chance, looks at the numbers rather than the players and attempts to pull together a winning team despite the odds.
I love going to baseball games, but I’m not a stats girl. I don’t think you need to care about the actual game though to enjoy this movie. It’s about underdogs sticking to their plan, about people and hope and ambition. And about coming back and giving it another shot. And the actors made me believe, made me care.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should. Oh, my husband liked it too, but I thought he would. He did get a little upset with me when I had to steal his phone to google the A’s that year and see where their season ended up. I just couldn’t wait for the movie to tell me.
Released September 23, 2011
I liked this movie too, but didn’t think it was the best picture I saw last year. I loved The Help but figure it doesn’t have a chance because it’s too mainstream.
I do not care for baseball..or stats, but hey it was fun to see them win 🙂
I thought it was a great movie. It gives me hope for the Pirates. Well, kinda.
Not a baseball fan and can take or leave Brad, but I do love a good underdog story! Too funny about googling during the movie. I’ve been known to check the back of the book as I’m reading just to make sure everything’s going to be okay 🙂
I do the same thing!
I have been wanting to watch this but haven’t got around to it yet… Hopefully soon!
I am watching the awards right now while catching up on blog reading. I have a list next to me of the movies I missed and shouldnt have… Moneyball is now on my list. I too passed on it because sports shows are not really my thing.
I know nothing about Baseball so not sure if I am interested in this one Carol!
Not a film I have heard of. Not a big fan of either sport or Brad Pitt if I was going to watch this I think it would be on DVD.
You know my step-mom was just telling us about this movie over the weekend. She said it was really a great watch. Glad to see you enjoyed it as well!