It's a great piece of American history, and I love baseball, but this movie is too glossy for its own good. Jackie Robinson's struggle has been Hollywooded with generic formula and a simplistic look at racism. Helgeland makes some frustrating directorial choices, too. And yet it still almost works, partly because Boseman and Ford are great.
It's a shame, Robinson's story is as important as any other film that tackles racism and equality. Sadly the screenplay seem to have been lacking something. It certainly wanted you to absorb everything. It's a triumphant true story, but could have had a better direction.
The story was pretty straight forward, however Lucas Black got Pee Wee Reese perfectly and it's some of the best filming of baseball ever. So it's pretty good. I don't know why Wash was so fucking angry at black people, but I can only assume it was something his wife did.