Here's a new one to look forward to come spring... '42' will feature the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball's major leagues. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as the Brooklyn Dodger’s GM Branch Rickey. 42 opens 12 April 2013. Gotta love the Jay-Z track on the trailer as well.
The story of my father and Jackie Robinson suffused my childhood, and my admiration for both of these artists, both men representing history in their own ways, seems always to be part of my emotional and moral fabric.
The new Jackie Robinson bio-pic 42 is taking some heat in critical circles for portraying racism too simplistically. Have writers embraced over-criticism of the movie when they should be paying attention to its positive potential?