Chadwick Boseman has been brilliantly playing the biggest African American figures for years, and yet no script has matched in weight the influence of the people he portrays or even his enormous talent. Jackie Robinson and 42 is another one of those cases. I'll patiently continue waiting for *the* script.
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.
Tame and straight forward but i loved how they filmed it, especially the baseball games themself, and the performances are strong down the line. Jackie Robinson deserved a better film but if this makes a few 6th graders say "oh shit them brown guys aren't that bad" or an old man rethink a few moments in his life then its more than win in my book.
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.
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.