Written June 23, 2013
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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 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 July 29, 2015
I'm slightly bias on this one because my daughter and I were extras in the film. Made my husband go see it and he never goes to a theater. He enjoyed it very much. Great story. Great acting. Not just for baseball fans. It was very interesting to see the film being made and then to see the final outcome. I was born in 1947 in the south, but seeing the film being made brought a lot of the segregation issues home to me.
Written September 01, 2015
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.