Moneyball ★★★½

Who doesn't love a bit of data analysis? Probably most people, but personally I enjoy diving deep into the numbers (you should see my film ratings spreadsheet!). Moneyball is one of the few films to present a good and practical example of mathematics and economics in action. Yet the film doesn't lose its human edge, because there is always tension when applying numbers to people. The reality is people don't want to admit that, in the long run, statistics are right. People want to think of themselves as people, because society as we know it would forever change if we were always rational. Numbers do not explain or predict everything, and they never will, but they do explain much much more than people like to think. Moneyball presents inventive thinking and the natural resistance that the old guard have towards that. Moneyball however doesn't exactly deliver much new in terms of its personal drama. The human side of the story is duller and less interesting than the depiction of how statistics changed baseball. That said, despite not being a huge sports fan and someone who doesn't follow any American sports, the record-breaking winning streak did get me a little emotional and very engaged with the story. Moneyball is sturdy and consistent filmmaking, elevated by the incredibly interesting subject matter, and that really saves the day.

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