Posted by martinteller on April 13, 2012
This is gonna be a quickie review. I don’t have much to say about the movie, or about baseball. I think the sport is really boring, although somehow it seems to result in highly watchable movies. I guess because all the dull waiting around is cut out. After Vanya I wanted something really easy to swallow, and this hit the spot. The time flew by, there’s a good ebb and flow to the pacing. Sorkin’s script has a little sizzle to it, some fine patter going on. Brad Pitt is just always fun to watch, and his affable personality here makes him a character you can get behind. Jonah Hill does a nice turn, too. While I wouldn’t say it defies Hollywood formula moviemaking, there are a few surprises. Well, one or two, anyway. It’s not the most enlightening film in the world, but it is fairly interesting to get some insight into the behind-the-scenes machinations of putting together a baseball team, and the “adapt or die” mentality at work.
All in all, I probably wouldn’t watch it again and I doubt it will linger with me more than an hour, but it was exactly the sort of enjoyable entertainment that I was looking for at the moment. Rating: Good