Written April 12, 2013
The anticipation was intense for this film. This is a must see film for all, not just baseball fans. The story is real and easy to follow. The only issue I had was that the film only focused on his baseball life and not into all aspects beyond his first 2 years in the Dodger organization, but that period that was shown was done very well. I liked the film overall.
Written April 13, 2013
42 is an amazing tribute to the great baseball legend, Jackie Robinson. It chronicles the events that lead up to his signing, his first season with the Dodgers, and the formidable challenges everyone (black & white) had to endure throughout.
42 is not a slow documentary. The scenes advance quickly with a focus on watching Jackie do amazing things on the baseball diamond.
Newcomer Chadwick Boseman gives a credible performance alongside a very impressive Harrison Ford. Nicole Beharie's acting is as beautiful as she is. Every actor captures.the emotion of the game and the shifting social climate.
Some of the scenes are tough to watch, but 42 does an excellent job of accounting for the racial aspect of the story in straightforward manner that highlights the progress the U.S. has made.
See 42 & be inspired!
There are bios of several characters during the beginning of the credits. There is nothing after the credits.
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Written August 29, 2014
This movie is about the iconic Jackie Robinson. While the backdrop is major league baseball, the movie is much much more and focuses on how the sport changed our culture.
I predict at least 4 Oscar Nominations. Ford was brilliant in capturing the spirit of Branch Rickey. Bozeman made Jackie come to life and the actress who played Rachel was simply on the money.
The scenery and cinematography was very good. On another note, Wendall Smith the little known African-American journalist who wrote for the Pittsburgh Courier also had a great role. His story line was crucial to help understand Jackie's transition into the big league.
It was good to see director Hegeland capture Daytona Beach as it was at this venue when Jackie broke in and played his first game. Also, interestingly it was surreal to see the city of Sanford, Fl (Trayvon Martin) depicted but being only 30 miles from Daytona Beach, it was a nice twist so you could feel some of the anquish Robinson had to endure.
Written August 02, 2014
This was a Great Movie. Harrison Ford you are wonderful as always. The new actor that played Robinson is Great!!!!. If a family is trying to raise respectable children and teach them history on the Rights we have as US citizens who work hard and want the American Dream, this is a movie to show them how a man of such character had to be treated to gain respect of being not only a man but a black man. This movie teaches not to treat people because of the color of their skin but treat people as you would like to be treated. The movie did not focus on religion but if you have any religion in you, you know that he was a man of God. Not for small kids but for mature kids.
Written September 20, 2014
I smiled, I laughed and I cried. The movie was extremely well done. Acting and directing was superb! I recommend this movie for people of all ages. It's historically priceless and unforgettable. And, it honors one of our greatest human beings.