Jackie Robinson may have been the most important player in baseball history, perhaps sports history. His signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers changed things. He became the first black player to make their way into the big leagues, and he excelled.
Today, MLB celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every year. Now they have a movie coming out on April 12, 2013 — three days before Jackie Robinson Day next season. The movie is written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who wrote LA Confidential and Mystic River and directed A Knight’s Tale. That’s a good resume, but as a director he hasn’t done anything outside of A Knight’s Tale.
42 looks pretty good. The Jay Z mixed in with a period piece is kind of weird at first, but it ultimately works. Harrison Ford plays Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson to the Dodgers and brought him up. My one concern is that the movie may focus way too much on Ford rather than Chadwick Boseman, who plays Robinson.
So, baseball fans — what do you think? Are you down for 42?