Whole new ball game

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

BASE­BALL has never re­ally been a brain­less throw ball, hit ball, catch ball kinda game but rather a com­plex sport that is as much about stats as it is about bats, balls and jaunty out­fits. And when for­mer pro- base­baller turned GM of the fi­nan­cially strug­gling Oak­land Ath­let­ics Billy Beane took sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis and ap­plied it to pick­ing a team that could com­pete with the richer clubs in the US, it turned how play­ers were val­ued on its head. Money­ball is that story, and is based on the real events in the early noughties which added up to Beane ( played here by Brad Pitt) and his part­ner­ship with a rookie num­ber- cruncher ( Jonah Hill) chang­ing the sport for­ever. It’s an in­tel­li­gent film with a fas­ci­nat­ing un­der­dog theme, but also a lit­tle dry and un­der­de­vel­oped in part and re­lies on melo­drama for a lot of its emo­tional im­pact. Ex­tras: The DVD fea­tures a short blooper reel and a few deleted scenes plus fea­turettes on how Beane’s vi­sion changed the game and how they got the film’s base­ball play to look the goods. NOT VIEWED.

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