Written May 26, 2016
One of the best movies I have ever seen. A must see for everyone. Harrison Ford is outstanding, as is the young man who plays Jackie Robinson.
Written June 23, 2013
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Written February 08, 2016
"42" is a good movie, but not a great movie. It's hard to watch because of the racial slurs and the degradation that Jackie Robinson had to endure, but it's an integral part of his life in baseball, and, so, had to be shown. Harrison Ford does a great job portraying Branch Rickey (he seems to relish playing a feisty man up in years), and it is an inspiring movie.
Written June 29, 2016
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 July 30, 2016
Thank you to the actors, director and producers that created this film. This movie helped the viewing public look beyond Jackie Robinson's accomplishments in the sport of baseball (although they are many), and to see the great MAN that he was to be able to transcend all of the vitriol and hate that people threw his way. He was alone in a shark tank, and he not only transcended their hate, but he did so with class, integrity, and excellence. It was also good to see a movie that showed the beauty of real love, as opposed to the lust that we typically see on screen. Finally, thank you for giving us a movie without a bunch of unnecessary cursing and proving that you can have a hit film without all of the filth. Yes, there was a lot of the n-word, but it was what he heard, so we needed to hear it and feel the impacts of that nasty word too. However, it was period appropriate and true to Jackie's situation. Well done! I think that he would be proud.