’42’ Inspirational, Educational and Humorous Story of An American Legend that Grandparents & Grandkids Will Love!
By Ranny Levy, President/Founder of KIDS FIRST! – www.kidsfirst.org
Out in theaters on April 12 is the inspirational story of an American Legend, Jackie Robinson. Those of us who are old enough to remember the civil rights movement in this country will relate to the how this history-making signing of a black man with the Brooklyn Dodgers changed not only baseball but all sports – forever. It is a wonderful story to share with your grandchildren who will learn a little history while seeing a most enjoyable film. Our KIDS FIRST! Film Critics who have given it rave reviews. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Raven Devanney, age 15, says this film was more than just educational, but also “has a sense of humor, wit and a whole lot of inspiration.” She cautions that the PG-13 rating is due to “racial slurs and slanderous language that may be hard for [some] children to understand.”
Review by Raven Devanney
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“42” tells the story of the American legend Jackie Robinson, the first African-American major league baseball player. This film takes place in the 1940s when racism and segregation were very prominent, so Jackie has to overcome many challenges and deal with the doubt and judgment people have towards him. With the support of journalist Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), Rachel Robinson (Nicole Beharie) and Dodger’s owner Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), Jackie proves he has what it takes to make it.
I really love this film. Not only is “42” educational, but it also has a sense of humor, wit and a whole lot of inspiration. This film captures the hardships that not only Jackie and his family dealt with, but also the hatred that was shown towards the people that supported him. I really like the cinematography and the way the camera angles are able to capture the movement of the players and the unspoken communication between the team members. The costume and set design is also very well done and accurate for that time period.
My favorite character is Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) because he really shows emotion in a realistic way. Jackie is faced with challenge after challenge, but always overcomes, and Chadwick did a phenomenal job of displaying all that was going through his characters mind with nothing but a simple expression. Chadwick also captured Jackie’s spunk and defiance towards the norms. Jackie Robinson is such an inspirational person and character. At any given moment he could have given up, let down the people that looked up to him, believe all the hate that was thrown at him, but he didn’t, and that’s what makes him a hero. I believe Jackie is a character that every man, woman and child can look up to and find inspiration in.
My favorite scene is when Jackie plays one of his first games as a Dodger. The manager of the opposing team is very slanderous and vile towards Jackie. He calls out awful racial slurs while Jackie is out on the field, but Jackie knows if he did anything about it he would be the one who gets punished. Finally after the other Dodgers had enough, Eddie Stanky marched over to the opposing team and told the manager to sit down. He knows he is breaking the rules, but when he sees a team member of his being harped on he takes a chance and stands up of for him. This scene shows that the color of one’s skin doesn’t matter and that Eddie would have done that for any one of his teammates. It’s a wonderful example of equity and sportsmanship and it is very moving.
I give “42” 5 out of 5 stars because it is touching, funny, educational and inspirational. It’s rated PG-13 which I agree with because it does run a bit long and younger children may find it hard to sit through, but it also contains a lot of racial slurs and slanderous language that may be hard for children to understand. This film is so incredible, so head to your nearest theater when “42” hits the fields on April 12, 2013.
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Ranny Levy – Founder and President
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