April 13, 2013
Great Man, Mediocre Movie, Lousy Screenplay, First Class Race Baiting.
I wanted to like this film. I expected a heroic tale about a legendary baseball player. Instead, I was given a caricature of a legend and a cartoon of a hero. It was obvious from the very beginning this movie was more about this man's race than about this man's legend, a singular baseball HOF legend. OK, I can live with that. Been there, done that. And it goes this formulaic way in a lot of "tale of a racial legend" movie 'epics.' It's insulting to the intelligence of three generations of Americans but this movie was deeply troubling on a lot of other levels. Almost pandering in its race baiting, the message here is frivolous and shallow. Most importantly, it disrespectfully diminishes the achievements of one of the greatest baseball players of all time, making his skin color his greatest attribute. Harrison Ford must have been drunk, otherwise there's no explanation for the idiocy of his performance. See it if you support films that profit in race baiting, otherwise skip this.
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