42

audience Reviews

, 85% Audience Score
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    In 1945, sportswriter Wendell Smith (André Holland) suggests that Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) consider Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) as the black ballplayer Rickey is looking for. Robinson and his team, the Kansas City Monarchs, stop by a gas station. When the attendant refuses Robinson entry to the washroom, Robinson says they will find another station at which to fill up the team bus, and the attendant relents. As Robinson steps out, a scout for the Dodgers sent by Rickey approaches him and invites him to Brooklyn. He is offered a $600 per month contract and a $3,500 signing bonus, which Robinson accepts after being warned by Rickey that he must control his temper if he wants to play. Robinson proposes to his girlfriend, Rachel, by phone and she accepts. During spring training, Robinson earns a roster spot with the Montreal Royals, the AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn farm system. After a great season there and spring training in Panama, he advances to the Dodgers. Many of the players soon sign a petition, stating they refuse to play with Robinson, but manager Leo Durocher insists Robinson will play with the main team, and they relent. When Durocher is suspended by Happy Chandler, the Commissioner of Baseball, for actions in his personal life, leaving the Dodgers without a manager to start the regular season, Burt Shotton agrees to manage the team... Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus reads, "42 is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, though it might be a little too safe and old-fashioned for some." Richard Roeper stated, "This is a competent but mostly unexceptional film about a most extraordinary man." Lisa Kennedy, of the Denver Post, lauded the film, saying "This story inspires and entertains with a vital chapter in this nation's history." Conversely, Peter Rainer, of The Christian Science Monitor, criticized the film as "TV-movie-of-the-week dull and Robinson's ordeal is hammered home to the exclusion of virtually everything else in his life." The film's actors were generally praised, with Owen Gleiberman saying of Ford, "He gives an ingeniously stylized cartoon performance, his eyes atwinkle, his mouth a rubbery grin, his voice all wily Southern music, though with that growl of Fordian anger just beneath it." The Hollywood Reporter commented that Boseman "has the necessary appeal, proves convincing as an athlete and is expressive in spite of the fact that the man he's playing must mostly keep his true feelings bottled up." Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, was involved in the production of the film and has praised the end result, saying, "It was important to me because I wanted it to be an authentic piece. I wanted to get it right. I didn't want them to make him an angry black man or some stereotype, so it was important for me to be in there. ... I love the movie. I'm pleased with it. It's authentic and it's also very powerful." "42" is a biographical and historically important film about baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first black athlete to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) during the modern era. We get nice cinematography and a general nice look and feel. Harrison Ford is a bit over the top with his character, but it´s not ruining anything. And Chadwick Boseman is solid as Jackie Robinson. Rest in peace Chadwick.
  • Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    I'm surprised that we haven't had a Jackie Robinson film before this iteration given his importance to American culture and race relations. So, there's a lot of potential there. That said, this was largely Oscar bait in its design, a lot of "you better treat him like everyone else" and the like. Chadwick Boseman was clearly the shining light of the movie, delivering a performance with heart and emotion when it was necessary, though the script was not terribly helpful. All in all, kind of hokey in its ultimate delivery, but not a bad film. (2.5/5)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I really love this movie. It was a true story about Jackie Robinson became the first black player to play for Major League Baseball. This movie affects me a lot that I get to know Jackie Robinson better. #legend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    What a great story but what a hard life. I admire his resilience.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    one of the best performance by lead actor in a great way to tell the story of a great ball player!
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    excellent, kept you on your edge of your seat the whole time.
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    One of the better baseball movies I've ever seen, Ford's portrayal of Branch Rickey is phenomenal, and Boseman's (RIP) portrayal of Robinson is uncanny. Overall just a great movie.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Personal, poignant and with a stellar cast; this gem of cinema captures the mood of the times when Afro-American vets came back to a society that did not treat them with the respect they deserved. The dialogue is not muzzled: it is brutally true to the language used in the US during the middle of the 20th century. It makes clear, again, painfully; that the military and sports have been the wedges of change in our historically polarized society.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Incredible movie, acting Excellent and a story we should never forget . highly recommend it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Quite simply an inspiring piece...The acting exceptional🎉