• 42 (Review)

    Posted by on April 21st, 2013 · Comments (4)

    I took my 9-year old son to see “42″ this afternoon.

    I sincerely enjoyed this movie. It’s a beautiful film. I was surprised to see so many familiar actors in it. And, they all did an excellent job. More so, the entire movie was a pleasure on the eyes. The only semi-beef that I have is that I thought the CGI of the Polo Grounds looked phony. But, for all the other parks, it was very well done and believable.

    If I had to rank “42″ in terms of my favorite all-time baseball movies, it probably wouldn’t crack my “Top 5,” but, for sure, it would be in my “Top Ten” and sincerely knocking on the door of the “Top 5.”

    I found the storyline of the movie to be very respectful to actual history. And, it was moving.

    I wish this one was coming out on DVD tomorrow – because I want to see it again, and, soon. Without question, this will be one of those baseball movies that I will repeatedly watch and not grow tired of seeing it.

    One of my all-time favorite players in baseball history is Rickey Henderson. I remember watching Rickey in the late ’80′s playing for the Yankees, leading off second base, and laughing at the pitcher holding him, toying with him, because Henderson knew that he could steal third whenever he wanted and no one was going to stop him. He was an absolute disruptive force on the base-paths.

    For all reports, Jackie Robinson was that same sort of terror on the bases. And, I wish that I could have seen him, live, in his prime. In any event, if watching “42″ is the second best alternative, it’s a great deal.  I highly recommend this film.  And, I hope it wins a bunch of Hollywood awards.

    Comments on 42 (Review)

    1. Ricketson
      April 21st, 2013 | 9:26 pm

      A thoroughly-enjoyable film; I highly-recommend it as well.

    2. April 21st, 2013 | 10:45 pm

      For the record, it wasn’t as good for my 9-year old. He appreciated this history lesson. And, he had lots of questions afterwards. (For example, today was the very first time in his entire life where he ever heard the word “nigger” and I had to explain to him why it’s a bad word, etc.) But, it was tough for him to sit through the movie. He really enjoyed the baseball scenes. But, in his words, “When they were talking in the house, or, in the car, or, somewhere else besides the field, it was sort of boring.”

      Yet, I have to stress here that he cannot sit through most movies – at all. We’ve tried stuff like Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, et al, and, within 30 minutes he’s done and out of the room.

    3. April 22nd, 2013 | 8:34 am

      Mark Hobin’s review of the film:

      42 is a polished biography. It’s got beautiful music, bright cinematography and is populated by some nice performances. Chadwick Boseman notably underplays Jackie Robinson in a way that doesn’t feel like he’s grasping for the Academy Award. He’s quite effective. As is Nicole Beharie who plays “the wife” but with an effervescence that made me want to see more of her in future films. Harrison Ford reminds us that he doesn’t always just phone it in. As Branch Rickey, the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers that signs Robinson to the team, he is truly engaging. 42 hits all the dramatic notes you’d except in a memoir such as this. It’s not particularly deep or insightful, but it is inspiring.,

      I agree with all of this…

    4. Raf
      April 23rd, 2013 | 7:41 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Yet, I have to stress here that he cannot sit through most movies – at all. We’ve tried stuff like Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, et al, and, within 30 minutes he’s done and out of the room.

      A man of action :D

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