MOVIE REVIEW | By Nick Jennex
42, directed by Brian Helgeland, is the re-telling of the historical and true story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to ever play in the Major League. Robinson is a sporting hero for many despite having to endure relentless racism on and off the field. The film mainly focuses on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season when Robinson broke the barrier.
The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as the young and extremely talented Jackie Robinson. This leading role would be challenging, forcing the actor to experience the relentless acts of racism and horrible remarks that Robinson gets the whole 128 minutes of the movie.
But Boseman does an outstanding job capturing the many characteristics of Jackie Robinson, from the tough player facing racism to the sweet and loving husband of Rachel Robinson.
The overall casting of the movie was very well done, including the spot-on casting of the legendary Harrison Ford as the old but wise Branch Rickey, possibly the most famous and iconic Major League Baseball (MLB) executive of all time best known for helping Jace Robinson break the colour barrier. Ford is perfect for the part. He is not afraid of what might come his way for getting a black man into a white man’s game.
And we all know Ford never backs down from a challenge, whether as the heroic Han Solo (Star Wars, 1977) or Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones, 1981).
The movie offers a gripping and frighteningly realistic view of what life was like for African-Americans. But the scariest part is that it actually happened—and was even experienced by one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game.
42 is the gripping tale of the ultimately bright and shining career Robinson went on to have as one of the game’s best. With all the exciting moments and nail-biting scenes, this film shows, and even adds on to, the legacy of the great Jackie Robinson.