I know the critics have said that it’s not a great movie. That it’s more of a television movie rather than a major film. That it lacks grit and complexity. Fine. But I liked the movie 42 and I think it’s worth seeing, if for no other reason than the story of baseball player Jackie Robinson is worth hearing and celebrating.
It’s an inspiring film. One of courage and great heart. It’s hard to imagine now, but as the first African American to play in the Major League, Robinson endured terrible hardship and overcame many obstacles. The film is also remarkable for how it portrays a marriage, and how two people stood beside one another with dignity and love.
There are no car chases. No one is blown up. No gratuitous violence or sex. It’s a moving human story told in a straightforward simple way, and most of all, it’s the kind of movie that will make you stand up taller, live better, and face your challenges with greater courage. Take a Breath this weekend and go and see 42.