CBS: "Moneyball": Thinking outside the batter's box

September 18th, 2011

“Moneyball”: Thinking outside the batter’s box

Brad Pitt in “Moneyball” (2011). (Columbia PIctures)

(CBS News)
September 18, 2011 9:38 AM

A new movie about baseball is about to take the field, and our critic David Edelstein has already chosen its MVP:

In “Moneyball,” Brad Pitt is shockingly good – and yeah, maybe I am the only person shocked.

He did have a couple of Oscar nominations. But ever since he starred in Robert Redford’s “A River Runs Through It,” he’s always struck me as Redford’s Mini-Me, with the same pouchy cheeks and quizzical, half-open mouth.

To prove he wasn’t just a pretty boy, he overacted like mad in “Twelve Monkeys”; and in “Troy” he pumped himself up and showed off arms like tree trunks and tried to look god-like.

He got great reviews in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but there I thought he under-acted, staring ahead with moist eyes, letting his make-up do the heavy lifting.

But actors do grow. Pitt was strikingly effective as a hard-ass patriarch in Terence Malick’s spiritual epic, “The Tree of Life.”

And in “Moneyball,” he has soul.  Read More…