Evaluation of the Movie "42"

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Evaluation of the Movie “42” When I first viewed this movie, I already knew some of Jackie Robinson’s history, but I was still moved by this revealing depiction of his life during the years 1945-1947. This true story, which was released April 12, 2013, followed what I had learned about Jackie and stayed accurate while still being extremely entertaining. Jackie Robinson’s number on his jersey was 42, he wore that number his entire Major League career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The movie “42” is a biopic of the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, when in 1947 Jackie became the first African-American player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier. The great directing, acting, and writing made this film enjoyable to watch. This …show more content…
Jackie immediately tells the attendant to stop pumping gas into the team’s bus. At which point, the attendant backs down and lets Jackie use the restroom. That scene helped me to understand Jackie’s distain for discrimination. The next incident of segregation we witness involves Rachel, when she is surprised to see a “whites only” sign on a women’s restroom door at an airport in Florida. The actress did a fantastic job of showing the shock and disbelief that Rachel expressed since she was from Pasadena, California and had never been exposed to this type of racial discrimination.
When I first saw the cast, I was not quite sure what to expect. Two of the three leading roles, were not household names. I had not seen or heard of the actor playing Jackie Robinson, nor had I heard of the actress playing his wife Rachel Robinson. Chadwick Boseman did great in his portrayal of Jackie as was Nicole Beharie playing the role of Rachel. The two of them on screen together made for a great team. Chadwick was especially talented in his ability to show the anguish in his facial expressions when he faced insults and injuries. Boseman’s performance as a professional ballplayer, loving husband, and father as well as a man that knows how to restrain himself when dealing with racism on and off the field reflects his skill as an actor. Nicole Beharie plays a wife with the “it’s us against the world mentality,” flawlessly. She seems perfect for the role of Rachel who is not
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