Being restricted because of your race, would
you be willing to be the face
of change, even when that'll make you a target for hate? In April 2013, we got the movie 42, and had a chance to watch a man make history.
Directing this 128 minute biography/drama/sport is Brian Helgeland.
The cast reliving history is: Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Nicole Beharie as Rachel Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, Ryan Merriman as Dixie Walkier, Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese, Andre Holland as Wendell Smith, Alan Tudyk as Ben Chapman, John C. McGinley as Red Barber, Max Gail as Burt Shotton, Brad Beyer as Kirby Higbe, Brett Cullen as Clay Hopper and Hamish Linklater as Ralph Branca.
Branch Rickey makes a decision that will change baseball forever when he signs a negro ball player, Jackie Robinson, to the Brooklyn Dodgers. This journey, taking place in 1946, comes at a high price
for a lot of people with the way racism was then. A long the way Robinson faces his enemies and finds allies where he never thought he would.
"In a game divided by color, he made us see greatness." Something that was said for the advertising of the movie, but couldn't be more true. This is a great story that received a really good telling by the entire cast. Is it word for word accurate? No... then again I haven't found a movie based on something that is. I feel, however, this one played through and finished up great. It's a bit slow sometimes, but no one's life is action packed every second of the day. This is definitely a movie baseball and non-baseball fans can enjoy.
It's rated PG 13 for language.
5 stars for this flick hitting a home run.
Labels: 42, Alan Tudyk, biography, Brett Cullen, Brian Helgeland, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, drama, Hamish Linklater, Harrison Ford, Jackie Robinson, John C. McGinley, Movie Review, Nicole Beharie, sport