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Inspirational, heartwarming, sad, and scary, these are all words that can describe the new Warner Brothers movie 42 (opening Friday, April 12th). Trust me they're many words that can also describe this PG-13 movie that chronicles the summer of 1947 and how a man named Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the national pastime of baseball.
This movie is much more than the story of one man, it's the story of a movement, the story of how Dodgers President Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel became the part of one of the toughest segregations of our time. Up until 1947, baseball was played by only white players, there was a baseball league for black players but they weren’t allowed to play with their white counterparts. It wasn’t until Dodgers executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) decided it was time for a change, though the thought of money was in his head their were other motives that we find out later in the film.
Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) goes through one hell of a ride from his time with the Dodgers farm team the Montreal Royals to finally getting his chance to prove himself in the show. His wife Rachel Robinson (Nicole Beharie) becomes his rock of Gibraltar standing by Jackie through his ordeal and offering great positivity when times seemed so overwhelming.
I think we all feel we know the story of the great Jackie Robinson. He was the first black player to play Major League Baseball, but there was more. He was a wanted man and he was looked upon by not only racist fans and players; not deserving to be there no matter how great he was but because of the color of his skin.
He endured racial epitaphs on a constant basis from managers from other teams. In one town a policeman threatened to arrest Jackie if he continued to be on the field. There were even teammates of Jackie on the Dodgers who were not to keen to sharing the field or shower with the man. It’s a testament to Jackie that he kept his cool through all this and by all means he almost broke down during the course of the season but he knew it was all part of a bigger picture and so did Mr. Rickey.
This movie was a long time coming, I read an article in the L.A. Times that said that former MLB player Ken Griffey Jr said that many teen players he tutored didn’t even know who Jackie Robinson was. In this day and age of many different issues of equality, 42 stands alone as a great starting place of mans injustice toward fellow man just because he or she doesn’t look like you do.
Chadwick Boseman does a great job in a tough role as the man, while Nicole Beharie brings a loving yet strong portrayal of Rachel Robinson who kept Jackie on the straight and narrow. I love Harrison Ford, he really lost himself in the role of Branch Rickey. He brings a hard nosed edge to the man who was very powerful, not only with the Dodgers but with the MLB as well.
Yes, 42 is a baseball film, it brings the feel of 1940’s baseball to the screen but it doesn’t shy away from the actual game even though we know it takes backstage to the real story of a man's courageous fight. We also get to meet people, Wendell Smith (Andre Holland) who helps Jackie stay the course by being his eyes and ears protector through his first year with the Dodgers while going through his own racism as being a black sportswriter who is not even allowed in the press box. We also get a chance to meet many of the great Dodgers like Pee Wee Reese (who’s one act in this movie can and bring a tear to your eye) and Ralph Branca who started off skeptical but soon realized that this man could help them win and that was more important than the color of his skin.
The film is harsh with many words that can be hurtful even in this day but the blunt nature only furthers the reality of the cruelty we showed and may still do so take the PG-13 rating into mind when deciding who in your family is ready to see it.