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A fantastic movie that should be inspirational to everyone!
My prediction is that 42 will be the sleeper hit of the season. The human drama behind Jackie Robinson's story propels the movie forward, and the director shows a great respect for the game of baseball itself.
I was also pretty impressed with the CGI recreations of the classic ballfields that Jack R played on.
Biopics in Hollywood are big business. Not only do they make franchises out of individuals, they lionize public figures by aggrandizing their achievements and sugarcoating their shortcomings. Hence The Iron Lady and the upcoming jOBS.
Of course, some subjects are worthy of lionization, such as legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball player in the Major League who not only broke the racial barrier but who had to put up with racist crowds calling him the ‘n’ word from the stands while spitting on him.
And still he put up with it. You may have to question the sanity of a man who puts up with such abuse in the name of a recreational sport, but we as a society are better for it today. This much we know is true. What the movie 42 seems to forget is that nearly everyone already knows this.
Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson to Harrison Ford’s Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager who gave Robinson the platform to not just play the game he loved but to change the world by doing so. The relationship between the two men is effectively portrayed with both actors playing it straight; unfortunately, the film seems hellbent on romanticizing every aspect of Robinson’s life and career by depicting his plight as a sentimental one rather than one of personal power.
We know his struggle was important. We don’t need to be beat over the heart with it.
I thought this was a pretty good movie and I had a decent time watching it in the theaters, however I do not think that that it is necessary to see this film on the big screen. I do think that the story was interesting and the film was well made and touching, actually I found it a little bit too emotional. The film is pretty entertaining and righteous and I thought that the story was very accurate so I praise the director for doing a throughout research. I did think that the film was a bit too long, however I was not bored for one minute. I absolutely loved Harrison Ford’s performance and, in my opinion, it was one of his best performances ever, he was amazing. The acting was great overall and the supporting actors were good as well, especially Christopher Meloni. Overall, I enjoyed the film but it can be easily watched at the comfort of your home.
I really enjoyed watching this film and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters. It is a great movie about a true American hero and I left the theater uplifted. It is an interesting film about a fascinating person and the film is very well made and researched. I feel that this film will appeal to a large audience, because it has something for everyone. It is really a film about decency and even though there are a lot of bad people in this film, in the end decency wins. It is a very emotional film and I usually do not like that, however the director was able to balance the film pretty well. Overall, I think this film is worth seeing in the theaters, it is inspiring and positive.