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May 9, 2013

Movie depicting legendary Jackie Robinson does not disappoint


It seemed like there was always something keeping me from being able to see the life story of Jackie Robinson on the big screen. That was until last weekend when I finally made it to the theater.

When I arrived, there was a huge line. Luckily it was not for “42.” Instead, it was for “Iron Man 3,” which had the second-biggest film opening of all time over the weekend. 

With everyone wanting to see the new hit film, there were not very many people in the small theater. That is just how I like it because I hate it when people talk or do other annoying things throughout the movie. As I looked around I saw most were probably older than 35. That makes sense I guess, there were no vampires or super hero action. 

“42” is a straightforward and ultimately soaring portrayal of Robinson’s historic entry into Major League Baseball in 1947. The ballplayer, who sported the No. 42 while playing first base for the Dodgers, is often viewed as a civil-rights figure. The film, written and directed by Brian Helgeland (who won an Oscar for his “L.A. Confidential”), does a excellent job showing the struggles Robinson went through as he broke baseball’s color line. It is like seeing a history lesson come to life. 

This movie should be a must see for everyone because it tells the story of segregation and racism and what happened in the not so long ago past. There are lessons to be learned, the most noteworthy being sometimes fighting is not the answer.

A lively, cigar-chomping Harrison Ford portrays Dodgers President Branch Rickey. He tells Robinson he needs a player who doesn’t so much have the guts to fight back as the guts not to fight back. That certainly takes more self control and proved to be effective. Not many people could have done it. 

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