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May 9, 2013

Movie depicting legendary Jackie Robinson does not disappoint

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The characters are all well played. Howard University graduate Chadwick Boseman has a canny resemblance of Robinson and does a great job taking on the role as a somewhat newbie to the film scene. Having met Rachel, Robinson’s wife before, I felt Nicole Beharie was a good fit. Ford marked a milestone of his own with the film. It was the first time in the 70-year-old’s career he has done a baseball movie. He also is not used to taking the back seat as he his accustomed to being the “leading man.”   

I will warn moviegoers, “42” only covers three years of Robinson’s life and does keep you wanting to know more about man behind the myth. 

“42” leaves viewers remembering the man, who died at age 53, for breaking the race barrier in Major League Baseball without much insight into his life beyond that. The movie only provides brief glimpses of what seems like a perfect marriage and his personal life. I did learn one tidbit of information: Robinson’s dad left him when he was young.

I am a fan of baseball movies, so I am going to provide a list of my favorites in no particular order (because that would just be too hard to do).

‘Trouble With the Curve’ (2012)

This is a film I rented while on vacation in Georgia. It is about an ailing baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) who takes his last recruitment trip with his estranged daughter, Mickey, (Amy Adams) acting as his eyes.

‘Moneyball’ (2011)

This movie features Brad Pitt as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, Jonah Hill as a Yale wiz kid and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the A’s stubborn coach Art Howe. When the Oakland Athletics find themselves on a budget with the championship constantly eluding them, a revolutionary runs-based formula alters their recruiting style by finding value in underpaid players.

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