The movie “42″ hits a Home Run at the Box Office.

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April 14, 2013


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Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in the movie "42". Photo courtesy of

Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in the movie “42″. Photo courtesy of

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson made history, as the first African American to enter into Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Amongst racial tension, harassment, and physical hardships during the games Jackie Robinson persevered, and broke the color line in baseball. The movie “42” (#1 movie in the U.S.) chronicles Jackie Robinson’s rise from the Negro League to Major League Baseball. In one particular scene, Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Ben Chapman taunts Jackie Robinson on the field by using racial slurs such as the n-word and coon. Robinson continues to keep his composure despite the struggles of enduring racism on and off the field.

Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Jackie Robinson was uplifting and moving. Harrison Ford also displayed a grand performance as Brooklyn Dodgers president and general manager Branch Rickey. The story of Jackie Robinson is one of triumphant, perseverance, courage and strength. Robinson had to deal with Jim Crow laws, in which he was not allowed to go the same hotels or bathrooms as his fellow team players. One of the most touching moments in the movies is the relationship he had with his wife Rachel. Robinson’s wife is the constant strength that helps him to endure the daily criticism and racism.

After reviewing this movie I couldn’t help but notice that Chadwick Boseman’s was a replica of a young Jackie Robinson and Alan Tudyk had an uncanny resemblance to Ben Chapman. Regardless of the resemblance to the real-life characters, the cast did embody the emotion of this movie. The movie overall is a montage to one of the greatest baseball players of all time. It is the hope and dreams of

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