Jackie Robinson (full name Jack Roosevelt Robinson) is an American legend. Not only was he the first African-American in the major league, but he also paved the way for more African- American men to join the game. Without Jackie, some of the amazing baseball players we love today would never have been in the major leagues, let alone as famous as they are; Derek Jeter, Alexander Rodriquez, Robinson Cano, and many more. When Brooklyn Dodgers president first approached him and asked to be a part of the team, Jackie thought it was a joke or a mistake, but he soon learned that it was the truth. But, it wasn’t going to be easy. He was going to have to deal with racism from the fans, other teams, and even some of his own teammates. With the help of his wife, his son, and his great friend (who happened to be a reporter) he kept his head held high, kept his anger under wraps, and did what he did best; play ball. At the end of Robinson’s rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he had become National League Rookie of the Year with 12 homers, a league-leading 29 steals, and a .297 average. In 1949, he was selected as the NL’s Most Valuable player of the Year and also won the batting title with a .342 average that same year. As a result of his great success, Jackie was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
ACTING: A+ STORY: A+ SOUNDTRACK: A+ QUALITY: A+ ENJOYABILITY: A+ BELIEVEABILITY: A+ CHARACTERS: A+ TRUE TO STORY: A+ AGE RECOMMENDATION: PG-13
This movie, starring Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, and T.R Knight as Harold Parrott, was extremely emotional, powerful, and inspiring. The only thing more incredible than the true story of Jackie Robinson, was Harrison Ford’s portrayal as Branch Rickey. The man is like a fine wine; better with age.
Just as incredible as Ford’s portrayal of Mr. Rickey, was Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Jackie Robinson. Boseman is a newer actor, but you would never know it by this movie. There’s one thing that only a few select actors can accomplish and that is acting from head to toe; from his movements, to his speech, to the emotion and truth that fills their eyes. Chadwick Boseman does this and it brings the part to a whole new level.
I never knew before just how much Robinson went through in his career. This movie shed a whole new light on the struggles that he overcame to become a legend and pave the way for the change in baseball and in the world. The emotion that poured forth from the screen when that number 42 was revealed on his uniform actually brought a tear to my eye. It makes sense that Jackie Robinson played on a diamond, because he was a gem in the game. Every baseball player should be proud to be in the profession. Even if you are not a fan of baseball, you should see this movie.
You don’t know how right you were Pee Wee.