42 chronicles the legendary Jackie Robinson’s entry into Major League baseball before he became a symbolic number and was simply a man who wanted to play ball.

Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) the head of the Brooklyn Dodgers who is determined to bring a Black player into his organization and win a world series recruits Robinson (Chadwick Boseman). Rickey, fully aware of the controversy and hatred he, the team, and most of all Robinson will face as a result of breaking the color barrier in baseball, refuses to let anyone or anything get in the way of transforming the game he loves. He makes it clear to Robinson that if they are to be successful, he cannot fight back. He must instead win through excellence on the field and restraint in the face of opposition.

The early scenes of Robinson playing with the Dodgers’ minor league team, Montreal not only show Jackie’s gift for stealing bases but his overall smarts and resourcefulness as a player. You get a true sense of how much fun it must have been to watch the real Jackie Robinson on the field. What’s also very clear is the kind of abuse Robinson will face when he moves up to the major leagues and move up he does. Continue reading »

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