Saturday, August 17, 2013

42 (2013)

Director: Brian Helgeland. Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Alan Tudyk. 128 min. Rated PG-13. Biography/Sports.

The story of Jackie Robinson, the first Black Major League Baseball player. The movie's slow rhythm almost projects the slow timing of baseball itself, and would have benefitted from editing out a few scenes. But aside from the mediocre direction, curious how non-violence (supplemented with a lot of patience) makes giant strides at overcoming bigotry. Although new-to-movies Chadwick Boseman has some impressive moments as Robinson, in an easy year, Harrison Ford's likable Branch Rickey has a shot at a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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