By, Noel Murray
January 8, 2012
The big-screen adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction bestseller “Moneyball” successfully and entertainingly conveys the book’s argument for statistical modeling as a fiscally sound method of assembling baseball teams, making good use of the book’s cast of colorful individuals, anchored by Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (played here by Brad Pitt). Director Bennett Miller — working from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin — raises a few pertinent questions about whether the magic of the game can be reduced to a spreadsheet. But the movie is also structured in a way to give Beane’s A’s some measure of triumph, capturing the businesslike atmosphere of modern sports in a way that doesn’t disregard the fun. The DVD and Blu-ray add deleted scenes and featurettes that dig deeper into the real Beane story.