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.