Thursday, April 11, 2013

Review: 42

Release Date:  April 12, 2013
Running Time: 128 minutes
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, T.R. Knight
Who to see it with: A sports movie or baseball fan.


I'm definitely a sucker for sports movies.  I don't know why I love them, I just do.  I love the sport, the competition, the drama.  So I was pretty sure I would love 42, and I definitely do.  It's a well done movie about probably the bravest player in baseball.  It touches on the torment he faced, the constant fear and threats, and the fact that he had to endure this without being able to physically fight back.  But he fought back with his game and with his actions, and that changed
both the sport and the country.  Sure, the movie has some hokey and contrived scenes meant to introduce additional inspirational moments.  But there are also some truly amazing scenes, like one where Jackie (Chadwick Boseman) is almost pushed over the edge by a racist manager.  This dichotomy makes this movie part gritty sports movie and part Disney inspirational film.  But you know what, I'm fine with that.  It's a great story about a great man; a well done but not perfect movie.  And overall, it's something that everyone should see.  

See it.

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