42 Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black
Directed by Brian Helgeland
Rated:PG-13 Run Time: 128 mins Genre: Biography/Sports/Drama
Opens April 12th
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Opening in theaters this week is the Jackie Robinson Bio Pic "42" starring Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford and Christophern Meloni.
In 1947, there were 10 professional baseball teams with about 400 baseball players. Three hundred of those players were white and only one black. Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) was the one man to break the racial barrier to be the first black baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. While he was still playing in the minor leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs, Jackie was batting an average of .350.
Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) was looking to shake things up in the professional baseball arena and ended up drafting Jackie Robinson to become the first African- American baseball player.
Chronicling his career from 1945 to Opening Day of 1948 at Ebbets Field, the story of Jackie Robinson is inspiring tale about overcoming odds, looking past the surface, letting his talent shine through during a time in history that was not as understanding. For a man to withstand the challenges he faced emotionally, physically and mentally, he is rightfully deserved to be recognized for his courage and tenacity. "42" is a film full of humor, dignity and uplifting insight into a man who was ahead of his time. From the writing to the acting, to the historical dress and sets, everything flowed with a well-timed cadence that keeps the audience engaged and entertained by the time the end credits roll. Be sure to stay for the credits as there is additional information to the story that rolls through them. "42" opens in theaters nationwide starting Friday April 12, 2013.