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Dome Pondering Movie Review: 42 (2012)

What is it about? 

The story of Jackie Robinson's experience in Major League Baseball under the advise and guidance of Brooklyn Dodgers team owner, Branch Rickey. 

Who is in it? 

Chadwick Boseman - Jackie Robinson

Harrison Ford - Branch Rickey

Nicole Beharie - Rachel Robinson

Favorite Scene: 

While on a road trip in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese, who was worried about a death threat regarding his impending participation in playing with Robinson, went over and threw his arm around Robinson at first base so he could make a statement to everyone in attendance. 

Favorite Quote: 

"Maybe tomorrow, we'll all wear 42, so nobody could tell us apart."

Review: 

42 was an average film. I hate to say that because the story of Jackie Robinson is a phenomenal one, but one which I just don't think this movie captured. While it touched on the racism and some of the troubles that occurred in Robinson's life, the film felt like it sugar coated a lot of the story for safety of a good feeling. 42 felt empty and shallow in it's purpose and felt like a movie afraid of digging up a part of American history that some are uncomfortable with. 

By no means is it terrible, 42 just seemed like a let down, especially for this baseball fan. Nonetheless, it does provide some must-see things such as Harrison Ford's effort as Branch Rickey, the authentic uniforms, and the CGI cinematography in replicating the old ballparks.

All in all, 42 is OK. Could have - and should have - been much better, but overall, still a decent watch. 

Grade: 2.75/5

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