Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) is in search for a new ball player who can lighten things up a bit for his team Dodgers, on his search he come across Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) who was an army veteran and also an ball player representing Montreal team of Chicago. So he calls upon Robinson and offers him an significant contract which he cant refuse despite on few conditions that he has to control his temper on the adversaries only because he's an afro-american.
Consequently, the other part of the story deals with all the high's and low's Robinson faced upon and about his achievements, his motivators, his friends, his new matrimonial life and few things that happened till the end of the game season. Not the entire life of Robinson was shown, but only a certain part is been concentrated.
Now baseball is kinda a let down thing, the real baseball segments that are shown doesn't really entertain much. One expects a nail biting entertainer when its a real sports related story but 42 doesn't really provide you that thing. Inspite its dealt with an intelligent screenplay, like it only essences the main part of the game, the real thing what actually happened which is absolutely enough. Its not an movie that keeps you fascinating with all the score board built up tension and shit.
Chadwick Boseman gives out a decent performance, that substantial feel about carrying a real inspired character was really dazzling. He's got a lot of emotions to be carried out on his face and body language and that's never a let down. Harrison Ford did a magnificent job as a manager and a motivator, he is spot on with his delivery and style and does need an special approbation. Alan Tudyk as an opponet manager was really entertaining in one scene where he teases Robinson with the excessive use of the n-word. Nicole Beharie as Robinson's wife was gleaming, he definitely need a partner to boost him up and take care of other responsibilities in his life and Nicole depicts such a responsible character.
Writer and director Brian Helgeland did a fine job in explaining all the things that happened around. Its never uninteresting and tedious, like the whole story has to be justified and need to be fair. No extra chances were taken most probably, like adding a new flavour to the movie. The set design was pretty much impressive, bringing back the 1940's style needs a lot of research and observations. The archaic cars, jerseys and kits used looks real and that's a fair bit of job done by the crew.
And yeah! the movie certainly has some flaws, I don't say that's perfect. The drama slowed up a bit in times but its quite interestingly picked up by few top dialogue's and performances.
42 has got some inspiration, emotion and retaliation packed in it. But its not completely entertaining and flawless. It's a story which describes a individual and a real life struggler. Worth watching once in theatres.
My Rating - 3/5
Grade - B (Good)
-By Surya Komal aka KM