Skip to comments.Reviewing "42" - the Jackie Robinson baseball biopic
Posted on 04/13/2013 11:53:57 AM PDT by EveningStar
Is anyone planning to see this?
Has anyone already seen it? If so, what did you think of it?
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Review from The Orange County Register: '42' swings for the fences, but it's one, two, three strikes
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Getting (totally) burned out on Hollywood PC.
Only now do the Douglas Adams books make any sense.
There was already an older, b&w movie about Jackie Robinson. Didnt need another.
Mooch said that it made her “angry” and “outraged”. I think I’m going to pass on this one. I’ve got “The Jackie Robinson Story” on DVD with the real Jackie Robinson in it. Don’t need any of Hollyweird’s racebaiting BS.
Okay, I just looked at the trailer. I am predisposed to liking it, as I am a Dodger fan, and always admired Robinson as both man and player. Why the heck did they have to put hip hop crap in a movie that takes place primarily in the 40s and 50s?! That’s even worse than the 70s pop ditty grafted onto Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
It made Michie the Moocher angry? Or angrier than usual?
Probably upset her that inspite of everything, he still voted Republican.
An adult playing a kids game. Why is there such idol worship?
She knows the Irish, Italians etc are white, right??
It’s been done. There’s already a movie about Jackie Robinson, in which the white people aren’t all racist monsters. This is just more PC agit-prop.
He hated Goldwater. He said, "Goldwaterism is Hitlerism." At that point, I gave Jackie Robinson the virtual finger.
Saw that one long ago - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042609/combined
Jackie Robinson was black? Who knew? Maybe old Bob can make a movie about the sun coming up in the morning. Jackie was a groundbreaker, but Robert Redford is old hash.
i am looking forward to watching “42.” plua i want to see Harrison Ford in his role... i go to the movies maybe once or twice a year... i loovvveee baseball... hate the Dodgers...
As far as I can tell, Robert Redford had nothing to do with this movie.
Although I'm a Dodger fan, I'm not a Jackie Robinson fan, largely because of his hatred for Goldwater and conservatives. In addition, he played football for UCLA, but I'm happy to say that the Bruin teams for which he played never beat the USC Trojans.
You couldn’t pay me to see it!
If Jackie Robinson was a hero, good for him. But then so was Billie Holliday, Malcolm X, Arthur Ashe, Jesse Owen, and the thousands of other black celebs we're heard about endlessly in the last few decades.
Where are the bios about Booker T Washington and George Washington Carver?
Archie Bunker said Robinson changed the whole color of the game.
The party of Al Gore Sr. was SO much more principled. NOT. Voting against the civil rights act. Making his maid sit in the car while they dined in restaurants.
We are told that KKK Democrats like Robert Byrd HAD to do such things to be politically viable in their communities.
RIGHT. UH HUH.
Harrison Ford has said that the gay marriage issue is the same as Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball.
Enjoy your movie.
I wonder if the film mentions he was a Republican. That seems to be all but forgotten about Dr. MLK, so “color” me pessimistic.
That right there is a good reason not to see this pic. Sounds to me like this will be another white guilt flick. I don't need this.
Another hate whitey film that I get to vote with my pocketbook.
Americans and even Jackie Robinson have gotten over it. It's time for the race pimps in Hollyweird to get with the program and get over it too.
Heard a great story directly from a former player in his nineties about how Howard Jones defended Robinson while he was at UCLA, but I won’t divulge here. Hoping to write bio of the coach’s life.
I’ll take a contrarian view. Unlike all the race pimps that have piggy-backed on his greatness, Jackie Robinson really was the real deal - what he did really did matter and I have total respect for the man on and off the field.
I’m sympathetic to the anti-Hollywood anti-PC sentiment but I like Jackie and I happened to think that the movie rendered a slice of his life in a fairly realistic manner.
haha... omgosh--that is sooo lame... yes, he is disappointing... i think i will enjoy the movie... i tend to like baseball movies... The Sand Lot is my all-time favorite kids movie...
i appreciate your perspective... i look forward to seeing the movie...
I’d be curious to know if this movie is based on amy book in particular. In 2007 for the 50 year anniversary of Robinson’s rookie season Jonathan Eig wrote a book called Opening Day about Robinson’s first season in which he questined some populkar myths concerning Robinson such as the Pee Wee Reese story.
I love period pieces and the attention to detail here makes the movie fun - the cars, the clothes, the stuff you find in hotel rooms, locker rooms, offices. I have a pretty strong sense that they didn’t get the lingo of the day right - several times they used words or phrases that I don’t think would have been in use back then - that would have made it even better IMHO.
Why should the film mention his political party?
yes, so do i! i soon as i saw the trailer, i knew i would pay to see this movie... and i also love sports, baseball in particular... and professional sports at that... that people take the sport so seriously as to make a living from it--in many forms... from the players to the managers, scouts, agents, refs, owners, etc... i find it intriguing...
one of my all-time favorite movies is Cinderella Man--another period piece with two of my favorite actors--Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti, whose father was the commissioner of MLB...
The director, Brian Helgeland, also wrote the screenplay. I don’t know what his source material was.
Enjoy your movie - if only one didn’t have to sit through all the previews of stuff blowing up at ear splitting volumes!
He played his first minor league game in Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium , April 18, 1946
I thought it was a good movie. Not great, but good. It was well acted, especially by Harrison Ford, who portrayed Branch Rickey so realistically, that those who knew Rickey said it was like a reincarnation. The movie accurately described the racism that Robinson endured without losing his composure, because the team mattered more than his own pride. Although the movie ended with the playoffs of his first season with the Dodgers, Jackie had a great baseball career, and accomplished much after he retired. By being the first black in major league baseball, he helped break down racial barriers, and did it with class.
Agreed, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Didn’t Bud Selig just request an inquiry into why more african-americans aren’t playing major league baseball? Ugh
Yeah. Bud doesn’t seem to have a very good grasp of his job. I don’t think he has been to many games lately.
Or Clarence Thomas? Or Thomas Sowell?
Instead, they glorify two-bit pimps like Malcolm Little (X) or brain-dead goons like Rueben "Hurricane" Carter.
I thought the movie was good when I saw it several weeks ago. Several other early black players were mentioned at the end of the film, but no mention of Larry Doby. I guess Cleveland doesn’t count.
Yep. They just can't settle for celebrating a black man's success without demeaning white men. And frankly, I never cared one whit about Jackie Robinson one way or the other.