The website Hollywood Elsewhere has a couple of movie reviews from a sneak preview screening of the “Moneyball” movie. The first one consists of the gut impressions of a person who seems not to be a baseball fan. They suggest to me — along with the fact that there are three (3) prominent female roles in a movie about a baseball team — that it’s a broader movie, designed for more of a non-sports audience. Which is sort of what I expected following the success of the other Michael Lewis book-turned-movie, “The Blind Side.”
The second review however, which starts below the Brad Pitt pic, is a more conventional review, which, in contrast, says it’s all baseball:
“Director Bennett Miller, writers Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, and Sony Pictures have gone ahead and come up with something truly unique and special. Moneyball has little concern for things like drama, character arcs, or third-act thrills. There are elements of each of these things to be found in the film, but it is first and foremost a movie about baseball, about the intricacies of sports and statistics, and how a passion and deep understanding of the minutia can lead one down the possible path to victory.”
Hurm. What to make of two vastly different impressions from what appear to be the same screening? I’m not sure.
But if Sony wants to fly me out to a preview screening someplace (someplace nice, please) then I can settle this once and for all.