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“42” – Review (POSITIVE)

April 12, 2013

Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 10.29.04 PMI’m a sucker for baseball movies, not to mention a good biopic. Jackie Robinson is hailed as one baseballs great legends of the sport, and for a damn good reason. Many considered him to be, in a way, super-human, he was an athlete unlike any in todays world; a brave man and intelligent player. Writer/director Brian Helgeland effectively tells Robinson’s story with the honor it deserves.

Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) was a critical point in the history of baseball and the history for difference/change in America. The thought of a black ballplayer in the big leagues to some was uncalled for and unwelcoming. Rickey took this opportunity of changing it up as a money ploy, at first, but a lot is on the line for many under the Dodgers organization, and everyone involved was relying on Jackie Robinson.

Had the chance to see this movie with my father and grandparents, and it was quite special seeing the nostalgia in their eyes. My dad, whispering me all the inside baseball history spark notes, my grandparents taken back to a time they once remembered, it’s great when movies can bring that sort of connection. For me, I was just happy to see a movie about Jackie Robinson, especially one done this well.

Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 10.29.27 PMChadwick Boseman brings real humanity and wisdom to the role of Robinson, I’m not familiar with Boseman’s work, and I think it’s for the better. By casting a relatively unknown name in the role of such a major name that is Jackie Robinson, you find that connection with the character on a deeper level. Harrison Ford on the other hand, a big name like him, playing Branch Rickey, one can only say his portrayal could be considered Oscar worthy. He deserves it, more than anything I’ve seen so far this year, Ford deserves a nomination. Not only that, but Ford is nearly 70 years of age and he’s NEVER been nominated for an Academy Award yet. After you see this movie, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.

As most biopics go, “42” plays it safe and close to home, I think it could have gone a bit deeper in the dirty side of the game, but for the most part the movie does it’s job. Some performances in the film may be a tad too cheeky at times, which I felt can be uncalled for, but Boseman & Ford’s performances are the true driving forces of the film. Other notable supporting performances go to Christopher Meloni as Dodgers manager Leo Durocher and Alan Tudyk as the red neck piece of shit manager for the Phillies, Ben Chapman.

Overall, while the movie is considered safe, “42” is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, it may come off as too old-fashioned for some, but in the long run this movie has classic written all over it, and there’s nothing wrong with classic.

GRADE: B+

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