Synopsis: The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Release Date: April 12, 2013
Thoughts: Now that football season has drawn to a close it’s time to look forward to the summer and America’s Greatest Pastime: baseball. Though the sport has historically provided the setting for many a great film, there seems to be a renewed interest in one of the greatest players to have ever swung a bat. That would be Jackie Robinson and 42 looks like it could be a home run as a biopic of the player that battled racism and personal struggles to become a legend. I think that gruff Harrison Ford will make a winning Branch Rickey thanks to writer/director Brian Helgeland’s slick style and solid ear for dialogue. Though baseball season is still several months away, this April release could be a well-timed hit for those eager to be taken out to the ballgame…cinematically at least.