42 – **1/2

Posted: July 21, 2013 in 2012, biopic, Children/Family, Sportsdrama, USA, XX1/2

A (not so) surprise hit in the US, ignored in Europe: 42, the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American in the baseball league. I’m not sure why they didn’t release this biopic on the continent. Sure, it’s about a sport that nobody (over here) knows anything about and it’s about that continuously shocking segregation issue (just read last week’s news), but it’s a well made biopic. It’s incredibly classic. It’s set in 1948 and it feels like it could have been made that year as well. But that’s not a bad thing.

Everything is okay. It’s made according to all the rules of the film making book. It has good acting overall (and Harrison Ford is great), it has a tedious, but solid script. There’s some funny lines that make you smile. You can empathize (and suffer) with the hero. Etc… But in the end, it’s not so much about the quality of the movie, but about the importance of its story. It’s an interesting family movie that makes you realize not that much has changed in the course of the past 65 years. Anywhere in the world there’s always still a ‘first’ to do something that becomes very obvious later on.

Oh, and if I were brought up in the States, I would have been a baseball player.


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