Written January 31, 2015
When I saw the trailers for this movie, I knew I wanted to see it; not because I'm a baseball fan but because I thought it would be an intriguing depiction of a polarizing figure in American history. I was not disappointed! The movie had the perfect balance of humor and drama...I shed several tears during a pivotal scene and laughed out loud often. Harrison Ford was on point as Dodgers owner Branch Rickey and newcomers Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie as Jackie & Rachel Robinson were believable in their portrayals. It was also great to see Max Gail onscreen in his supporting role as Dodgers manager (we share the same hometown - hello Detroit!). Strong supporting cast of familiar and unfamiliar actors who brought their talents to this project. All in all, I'd rate the film 8 out of 10. PG-13 rating is appropriate; a few ugly words might be a bit much for children under 13. Highly recommend seeing this film.
Written December 21, 2014
I always enjoy feel good movies but especially so when it's based on a true story. I absolutely loved this movie. There were laughs and tension. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 10.
Written April 26, 2015
DEspite the language, we had a lot to talk about after the movie, not only about baseball but about the realities of life in America both then and now... The movie was beautiful! I really loved the baseball scenes and the story was really telling. The ending was a little over the top perhaps needing more build up to give it the flavor of "The Natural." But I still loved the movie and recommend it whole heartedly.
Written May 06, 2013
A must see film. Acting is great. Casting is great. People are realistic. Loved the vintage automobiles and buses. Harrison Ford is great. Good for kids, no sex, no blood, no explosions or other loud violence. Some profanity, and the "******" word is used a lot, which is quite shocking to hear these days, which is part of the point.
Written April 18, 2015
The actors all did a superb job in this movie. It shows the deap hatred and prejudice that was prevailant amongst most white people in this country with seemingly deeper resentment in the south. It shows the courage that Jackie Robinson had to have to be the first "man of color" playing in Major League Baseball... but not just baseball he was the first black man to play in any major league sport. It's too bad he isn't spoken of more often because, he like many other unknown heroes of that day endured just as much hatred and biggotry as MLK Jr. or Rosa Parks. This movie was very well written and is suitable for anyone who wants to see but a small piece of what is was like to be a black person after slavery was abolished. A sad reminder that we did, and in some cases still do, have a long way to go.
42 has to be the best movie I have seen in ages. Congratulations to Brian Helgeland for an excellent documentary.