A movie's success or failure depends on it having (or not having) the right combination of acting, writing, directing, and technical talent involved. Hence why there's an interesting parallel between the art of filmmaking and Oakland A's manager Billy Beane's approach to assembling a winning baseball team in the true-story drama, Moneyball.
The domestic Moneyball trailer painted the film as being an intelligent-but-unusual underdog sports tale featuring an eclectic cast at the top of their game (no pun intended) and nice direction by Oscar-nominee Bennett Miller (Capote). Does the UK trailer suggest otherwise?
Thankfully, the answer is "no." Moneyball may not be a conventional real-life drama about the formation of a successful sports team, but it certainly looks like an intelligent one. Credit should definitely be given to the Oscar-winning screenwriters who worked on the script - Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and Steve Zaillian (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) - adapting Michael Lewis' non-cinematic source material (the book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game") into a movie that appears to boast lots of smart dialogue and interesting characters.
Here is the film's official synopsis, in case you were wondering:
Based on a true story, "Moneyball" is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game.
Now check out the UK trailer for Moneyball (via MSN) below:
Billy Beane seems like the sort of charismatic and cool character that should fit Pitt nicely, but it's Hill as the number-oriented Peter Brand who really looks to impress in Moneyball. This will also present a good test of the comedic actor's ability to play something other than the foul-mouthed goofball, before he tries his hand at action in next year's 21 Jump Street. Plus, between Hill's role here and Albert Brooks' already-acclaimed turn in next month's Drive, the upcoming fall movie season looks to have its fair share of comedic types pulling a 180° and demonstrating greater range than some moviegoers might expect from them. It's refreshing, to say the least.
Moneyball will arrive in U.S. theaters on September 23rd, 2011.