Well, it looks like we have an answer to the question of whether or not audiences are interested in a historical, racially charged baseball movie. Brian Helgeland's '42' opened at the top of the box office this weekend, instantly breaking the record for biggest opening for a baseball movie. Sure, it's a minor record to break, but a record is a record.
My grandmother, Rhoda Singer, died earlier this year. She lived much of her life in Brooklyn and was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. Her favorite player was Pee Wee Reese, the Dodgers' scrappy white shortstop who famously silenced a racist Cincinnati crowd by putting his arm around his black teammate Jackie Robinson during pre-game warmups.
I thought about my grandmother a lot while watching '42,' the new biopic of Jackie Robinson and his quest to break the color barrier in baseball. On an intellectual level, I can tell you a dozen things wrong with the movie, from its excessively preachy dialogue to its bloated length. But on an emotional level, I have to admit that this movie bypassed my brain and grabbed my heart, pulling each and every string contained therein firmly and repeatedly. It's a pretty good tribute to a great man. And when Pee-Wee and Jackie embraced on that field in Cincinnati I cried.
Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford star in the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic '42,' following the iconic baseball player as he was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers and broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. In honor of the film (and being that sports fans recently celebrated Opening Day), we're giving away a huge '42'-themed prize pack complete with some awesome baseball attire.
'42' looks fascinating, and not just for Harrison Ford's weird make-up. Relaying the biography of Jackie Robinson, it shows how the star baseball player (played by Chadwick Boseman) had to struggle against the prejudices that didn't want to see professional baseball become integrated. Now there's a featurette that plays up Robinson's historical significance.
Sorry for the groaner, but this trailer for '42' makes the film look like a can't miss. Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford lead the cast of this Jackie Robinson bio-pic, and the inherent drama of Robinson's ascendancy in the face of institutionalized racism makes this look like it will play well on the big screen.
When you get a phone call asking if the President of the United States can come visit the set of the film you're shooting, there really is only one answer: uh, yeah. Such is the case with the currently filming '42,' which tells the story of Jackie Robinson's rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
For those anxiously awaiting 'Lego 3-D,' your wait is now a little less than two years. Warner Brothers have updated their calendar, and marked February 28, 2014 as the date for the release of Chris Miller and Phil Lord's take on the Lego universe. They've also announced that '42,' Brian Hegeland's Jackie Robinson biographical picture, will hit theaters April 12, 2013.