Friday, April 19, 2013
42 - Movie Review
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Lucas Black, Christopher Meloni, Alan Tudyk, Ryan Merrimen and John C. McGinley. Directed by Brian Helgeland.
This is a rousing sentimental take on Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major league baseball.
It starts with bona-fide movie-star Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Ford embraces every one of his 70 years to play him, probably the first time in his career he's played his own age. (He has good genes). Rickey wants to be the first owner to have the first black player in the Major Leagues, and he finds the man he wants in Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman).
The tone of the movie is old-fashioned without being corny. Shades of The Natural and The Blind Side. The only time it really faltered for me was whenever there was a kid on screen. Then it was gosh-gee-willikers cloying. I don't know if it was the casting or just the Little Rascals-ish on-the-nose dialogue they had.
I'm not a big baseball fan, but when it comes to sports movies, baseball tends to produce some of the best.