Saturday, January 21, 2012

Moneyball (2011) 4/5


-Would you rather get one shot in the head or five in the chest and bleed to death?
-Are those my only two options?

Aaron Sorkin may be the best writer of this generation. Don't get me wrong he's certainly not the best novelist and I wouldn't even put him in the top 5 for those that craft screenplays, but if you want 5-10 minutes of lightning fast witty dialogue about almost anything, Sorkin is your guy (see Sportsnight, The West Wing, and The Social Network if you don't believe me). Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (and to a very small extent Philip Seymour Hoffman) take Sorkin's magic words and Billy Beane's rags to emotional riches story and deliver a silky smooth chunk of entertainment regardless of your opinion on team sports.

I've yet to see the big two contenders (George Clooney in The Descendants and Jean Dujardin in The Artist), but Brad Pitt's performance is certainly worthy of a long overdue Oscar.

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