Scripted by Steven Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ) and Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network ), Moneyball is the tale of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), a former baseball prodigy who never lived up to his potential and eventually became the general manager of struggling major league team the Oakland As.
Unable to compete with the financial resources of the likes of the New York Yankees, Beane - along with Yale Economics graduate Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) - decide to create a team based on player statistics rather than their perceived worth. Of course everyone in baseball is convinced Beane's idea won't work, especially Oakland's veteran team manger Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who is unwilling to embrace Beane's method.
Pitt is perfectly cast as the laid back but passionate man with a plan. It's his most grown-up and assured performance to date and he carries the film like a seasoned pro. The supporting cast of Hill and Hoffman both deliver, but such is the gravitas of Pitt that the two are forced to play second fiddle whenever they share the screen with him.
All in all, Moneyball is a fine addition to the baseball film canon. It's not in any hurry to get anywhere and the climax doesn't quite satisfy, but there is enough snappy dialogue and rousing moments to keep you enthralled.