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Mainstream - 42 - The Jackie Robinson Story Blu-ray - DVD Combo

42 - The Jackie Robinson Story Blu-ray - DVD Combo

42 The Jackie Robinson Story
Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Warner Brothers 2013
128 minutes

A movie about baseball great Jackie Robinson could never be as big as the man himself but 42 comes very close. The movie features a solid cast with Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as a Nixon-sounding Branch Rickey. This is a highly entertaining and moving film anyone interested in human achievement can appreciate and enjoy.

There are some great moments here, of course. One of the nice touches are the colorful turns of phrases of play-by-play man Red Barber. All the important moments are there as described in Ken Burns' Baseball.

42 does have a few weaknesses. Characters have a tendency to coin historically important sounding phrases like “One day, we'll all wear 42” and though some of these were probably said, there are a few too many so you are sometimes reminded you are watching a Hollywood style movie.

Also a bit too Hollywood movie style are the numerous shots of Robinson walking out of the dark tunnel and into the light and the John Williams style pompous background music that overscores a lot of the events.

I was rather annoyed that nothing, absolutely nothing is said about Robinson's year in Montreal. An acknowledgment of some kind, perhaps of the crowd's reaction when Robinson helped the Montreal Royals win the pennant, would have been appropriate.

Special features are Stepping Into History, Full Contact Baseball, and The Legacy of Number 42. Not bad overall.


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