In 1946, baseball impresario Branch Rickey (Ford) shocked a nation by enlisting a young, bewildered Jackie Robinson (Boseman) into his underperforming Brooklyn Dodgers squad and so introduced the first black player into Major League baseball. Facing torrents of racism, Robinson’s unyielding stand transformed the sport forever.
Already a hit in America, 42 is a well-told but square biopic doing justice to Jackie Robinson rather than exploring him.
Reviewed by Ian Nathan
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