Brad Pitt plays a real-life person, Billy Bean, who has managed to run a baseball team cost-effectively. The question is, though: can you turn mathemathics and statistics tables into a blockbuster? And, if you can, can a movie about BASEBALL mathematics and statistics tables be made a blockbuster?
Well, the thing is - this film isn't about mathemathics, nor is it about baseball, really; Jonah Hill, one of the actors in the movie, showed it to his non-baseball fan friends, and they all loved it; perhaps because it wasn't about baseball as much as about life choices, values and those types of things.
According to Pitt - rather than turning this into a baseball movie like any other, in making this movie, those making it weren't focused so much on the sport as on what was going on underneath the surface. While being a baseball movie, Moneyball is a story about the underdog. It's about, using that sterile math and those boring statistics to beat the odds. How the team with less money, and withouts its best players, can, in one way or another, still find a way to beat all the others.
Brad Pitt says, he's not really knowledgeable about baseball; but, in making this film, he has really learned the nuances and complexities of the game. While his only real first-hand experience, with the sport, came when he was hit by a ball, back in school; he can really appreciate the tranquility it gives him to watch it on TV. Early reviews have, in general, given the movie good ratings.