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Brian Helgeland's historical sports drama/biopic 42 relates the historic 1947 baseball season in which Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) decides to sign the first black major league player, Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman). Though Robinson faces ugly, vicious racism from other clubs, fans, and on occasion his own teammates, Rickey encourages him to not fight back. By following that advice, Robinson allows his remarkable athletic talent to speak for itself, and soon the first-year player becomes one the most popular players on the team, eventually securing the Rookie of the Year award. Christopher Meloni and Hamish Linklater co-star.
Could have been better
A perfectly serviceable biopic with solid acting performances all around.
This is such an important story in American history, they couldn't bear to leave anything out. Slow and sincere, would have been much better at 90 minutes. This was a good movie, but it took no risks and offered no surprise.
Haven't seen this, but I hear it's good!