First off I am a huge Dodgers fan it is in my blood, my dad has always been an avid Dodgers fan, he remembers holding my twin and I, one in each arm, only a couple weeks old while he rooted for the Dodgers as they won the World Series in 1988. So with that being said I was very excited to watch this film and it did not disappoint in the slightest. This one was able to delve into all of Jackie Robinson’s life some in small detail and others in explicit detail which really worked for this 2 hour film. It showed the love between him and his wife Rachel and their profound bond of being together while also trying to stay strong in the face of constant prejudice. It also did a great job of highlighting his strength of having to be the bigger man when constantly being heckled by the worst person in the film and baseball at the time Ben Chapman who disgustingly degrades Jackie on the field with the most derogatory and racist insults it’s almost too hard to watch. However, this scene though hard to watch showcases Jackie’s character as someone who must be strong mentally and physically.
Chadwick Boseman the newcomer who plays this legend does an amazing job of portraying Jackie as a gentleman with his wife as well as a great ball player who never wanted to make waves with anyone but someone who just wanted a shot at playing the game he loved. He was not able to verbally stick up for himself against the many people who disagreed with his right to play ball but that was ok because his skills on the field did the talking and man did they speak volumes. Not only was this man a great legend because of his status as the first African American Baseball Player but he was a legend because of his ball playing and his role as a great human being. The other actors complement the story very well and they include Harrison Ford (who always is amazing), Lucas Black (the fellow Dodger who sincerely befriended Jackie), T.R. Knight and Nicole Beharie who plays his amazing and supportive wife. This was a great sports movie that was heartfelt and had a great message one that still lives on today with every MLB player sporting the number “42” on April 15 (the first day Jackie took the professional field) in honor of Jackie’s legacy and barriers he broke. Rent and/or buy this film.