42 - The True Story of an American Legend

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  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 2 hr 8 min
  • 7.5  (103,181)
  • 62

42 is a biographical sports film that was released in 2013, directed and written by Brian Helgeland. The movie showcases the life events of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) during the modern era. The star-studded cast features Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers executive, Branch Rickey, and T.R. Knight as Harold Parrott, the Dodgers traveling secretary, who helps Robinson with the difficulties he faced in a segregated world.

The movie is set in the 1940s era, when segregation was dominant in American society, and Robinson's life mirrors the struggle of an entire community. The film documents the events that lead up to 1947, the year when Robinson made history by breaking the colour barrier in baseball. The story starts with Robinson playing for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues. He is scouted by Rickey, who offers him a chance to play in white professional baseball. However, before he can suit up for the Dodgers, Robinson must learn to keep his cool in spite of the racism that he will undoubtedly endure.

The treatment of racism in 42 is both grim and realistic. Robinson is taunted by opposing players and fans, with racial slurs and insult being hurled at him constantly. He is not allowed to stay in hotels with his white teammates, use the same restaurants, or even use the same clubhouse. It becomes clear that this is not just a movie about Jackie Robinson, it's a movie about how racism infuses every layer of American society at the time and what Robbins had to do to overcome it.

Chadwick Boseman brings to life the character of Jackie Robinson with convincing grace, giving the audience a real insight into the struggles that Robinson faced. He captures the dignity of this great baseball player and his unwavering determination to succeed. Harrison Ford also brings an outstanding performance as an old-school baseball executive who sees Robinson as an asset not just to baseball but to society. T.R. Knight as the Dodgers traveling secretary, Harold Parrout, played a vital role in Robinson’s success. His unwavering support and kindness helped Robinson navigate baseball’s challenging environment filled with racial prejudice and hate.

The baseball action in the film was exciting and realistically presented. Robinson's lightning-fast speed on the basepaths and his impeccable fielding abilities were a sight to behold. The sports sequences were compelling to watch, with excellent choreography and camera angles used to dramatize the action on the field.

In the end, the message of the film remains true to Robinson's legacy. The movie shows how his successes opened up doors not just for him but for the generations of black athletes yet to come. The storyline is touching, inspirational and shows how Robinson's bravery has become ingrained in American folklore.

In conclusion, 42 is a remarkable film that provides a thorough and accurate portrayal of Jackie Robinson's life. It depicts a time when segregation was rampant, and inequality was dominant in American society. It showcases not just Robinson's triumphs on the field, but how he led the way for civil rights in a manner that should be an inspiration to all those who work for equality today. Boseman's portrayal of Robinson is excellent, and Harrison Ford is magnificent in playing the role of the intriguing and level-headed Rickey. The movie successfully combines the challenges of the civil rights movement with the love of sport to make a movie that is both entertaining and informative. Anyone who loves sports, history, or insight into the struggles of a civil rights pioneer should watch this movie.

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    7.5  (103,181)
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