Friday, January 19, 2018

42 (2013 Film) Review

I've heard about 42 for a few years now. I don't know why I waited a few years to see this one. I guess it might have been that I saw Moneyball around the same time at home, and I suppose I wasn't in the mood for another baseball story at the moment. The film is about Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the racist color barrier that kept African-Americans in separate (but certainly not equal) leagues. While there is a large amount of diversity in the MLB today, it seems crazy that this was ever a controversial issue. But Jackie Robinson made a lot of enemies simply because the color of his skin, but he paved the way for justice not only in baseball but in all fields of the American life.
The movie starts with the aging General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers (and former Baseball star) Branch Rickey coming up with an idea. He wants the Brooklyn Dodgers to have the first black baseball player in the whole MLB league. His colleagues call him crazy because even if they aren't prejudice, they can easily see the backlash. Branch Rickey isn't a moron, and he knows he'll need someone strong and talented if there will be any hope of a diversity in baseball. He soon learns of a man named Jackie Robinson who seems like the perfect choice. 
Jackie Robinson has to start out in a minor league team called the Montreal Royals, but Branch Rickey has him groomed to be the next big star for the Brooklyn Dodgers. While Jackie Robinson has good and sometimes powerful friends, he'll have more foes that he'd expect. Racists threaten his life more than once, and many on the Dodgers try to petition to get him off the team. It gets even worse when another team's coach calls him some of the worst words on the open field knowing Jackie Robinson can't do a thing about it. 
Overall I really liked the film 42 and it reminds us how terrible many racist people were back then. What was surprising is that the film and the whole cast were pretty much snubbed when it came time for the Oscars. Which kind of strange considering that most of the acting is pretty good, the story moves and doesn't drag, and is rather difficult to forget the major moments in the film. 2013 was a pretty solid year for films, but the Oscar snubs are a bit more than puzzling to be honest.

Score: A


  1. Good review. I think I'll try to see this one.

  2. Good review Adam, thanks.

    All the best Jan

  3. I'll catch this film if it comes up on free movies on cable, thanks to your review, Adam. I always enjoy your reviews!

  4. I really enjoy this biographical story of African american player Jackie Robinson. I watch online movie with my little brother. He is big fan of Jackie Robinson.

  5. I think 42 is a good movie and have seen it a couple of times on TV. Chadwick Boseman who plays Jackie Robinson has now graduated to playing T'Challa the Black Panther. Looking forward to that movie too!