Review: Unashamed Old-School Biopic '42' Brings Jackie Robinson to Life

Review: Unashamed Old-School Biopic '42' Brings Jackie Robinson to Life
"42," the story of Jackie Robinson's rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers, looks like a Norman Rockwell illustration come to life, as I say in my first review for Whyy about this unashamedly old-school biopic. It stars relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson -- 42 was the number on the ballplayer's Dodgers jersey -- and it doesn't hurt the cause that Boseman bats, runs and slides like an actual ballplayer. And he does such a convincing job swallowing the bile Robinson must have felt when he was race-baited or told he couldn’t sleep in the same hotel as his white teammates that I thought I was going to get acid reflux just by watching him. Walking in, I was disappointed that I wasn't going to see Spike Lee’s Jackie Robinson movie. From the trailers, I was afraid it was going to focus more on Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford in
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