42

Summary:

42 is feel good movie that will feel familiar due to the nature of sports biopics. The cast is outstanding and makes up for the setbacks the movie faces. Together Chadwick and Ford provide extremely strong performances that serve as wonderful leads. Unfortunately, the movie feels more like a brief overview than an in-depth look at Robinson’s life despite its two hour length. Dialogue can be heavy handed at times and some plot lines feel consistently dropped in and out of the movie. However, Robinson’s story is inspirational and the movie is able to translate and capture that spirit for the big screen.

Baseball movies have a certain cinematic flair that I find myself attracted to. I always make the joke that I enjoy watching movies about baseball more than I enjoy watching the actual sport. The game lends itself well to the big screen and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. When trailers for 42 started making their rounds at the theaters and online I found myself getting excited and counting down the days till the movie’s release.

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42 is a sports biopic that tells the story of Jackie Robinson. The movie follows Robinson as he starts his grueling journey from playing on the Kansas City Monarchs all the way to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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The thing I like the most about 42 is its outstanding cast. Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson and gives a breakout performance that is entertaining and endearing. Boseman’s brings a confidence to his depiction of Robinson that is easy to root for through all his struggles, frustrations and triumphs. Boseman’s acting produces some powerful scenes that really hit strong emotional chords. Nicole Beharie’s also delivers a strong performance as Jackie Robinson’s wife, Rachel. The movie shows her everlasting support for her husband as he deals with the emotional toll he faces as the first African-American in major league baseball. The chemistry between the two is loveable and provides for a believable on screen relationship. Personally I would have liked to see the movie delve a bit deeper into her struggles but for what she’s given Beharie performs well. Finally, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey delivers a performance that is near show stealing and helps round off the solid cast. The onscreen camaraderie between Ford and Boseman is strong and the two serve as wonderful leads for the movie.

Despite being two hours long the movie feels like it glosses over Robinson’s legacy, providing more of a brief overview than an in-depth look at his life. Being a sports biopic there’s not much in the way of surprises and the movie falls prey to familiar sports tropes. Early on in the film the dialogue can feel a bit heavy-handed and comes away feeling like Oscar bait. Some side plots are continually dropped in and out of and never felt like they reached their potential. In particular the movie never seems to settle on how it wanted to incorporate Wendell Smith and often loses its focus on his story line. Eventually as the movie continues things begin to even out and that’s when the movie begins to shine.

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There’s an overall feel good vibe that the movie brings to the table. I easily found myself lost in this movie and was left wanting more. There’s plenty of love and laughs as well as heart wrenching drama throughout the movie. I really enjoyed the almost father-son like relationship between Rickey and Robinson. Though it’s not fully fleshed out on screen Robinson makes mention of the fact that his father abandoned him when he was young and because of it he has issues with relying on people. The subtext makes Rickey and Robinsons relationship extremely enjoyable.Robinson’s story is inspirational and the movie is able to translate and capture that spirit even when the movie is at its darkest.

42 is feel good movie that will feel familiar due to the nature of sports biopics. The cast is outstanding and makes up for the setbacks the movie faces. Together Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford provide extremely strong performances that serve as wonderful leads. Unfortunately, the movie feels more like a brief overview than an in-depth look at Robinson’s life despite its two hour length. Dialogue can be heavy handed at times and some plot lines feel consistently dropped in and out of the movie. However, Robinson’s story is inspirational and the movie is able to translate and capture that spirit for the big screen.

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