I finally watched “42.” I know I’m behind…on a lot of movies, but you have to understand it’s been a crazy year for me. So anyways, Harrison Ford—brilliant as ever. It’s hard to believe Indiana Jones is 71, but he’s still got it. Boy has he still got it. This is an Oscar contender for sure, for Best Picture and Best Actor.
The Dodgers are my home team, so even though this movie is set when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn, they’re still my team. Overall, it’s a Great American Story, beautifully told.
I love the shot of when Jackie slides to base, and somehow they captured it from an angle that was as though you were right under the dirt kicking up from his feet. It’s an awesome job.
Every now and then you need a movie that reminds you of the greatness of America and Americans. You need a movie that lifts American morale, and fills American hearts with pride. Neither our history nor our present is perfect, but there’s a lot to be learned from the past.
The story of Jackie Robinson is familiar to all American children. So it’s not like you’re going to watch the movie not knowing what’s going to happen. However, the story of Jackie Robinson is the story of an incredible person—an incredible life.
When something matters, sometimes you just have to make people a little uncomfortable before they turn around. People don’t like feeling uncomfortable. So make them uncomfortable until they feel comfortable. And then make them uncomfortable again.
Chadwick Boseman, the young man who plays Jackie Robinson in the film, gives a remarkable performance in illustrating the power of self-control. People want you to react boisterously. They want you to make a lot of noise, throw the last punch. But often times, just because someone throws the last punch does not make that person the bigger man. I love when Branch Rickey says to him, “No, I want a player who’s got the guts NOT to fight back.”
A lot of strength and class can be found in not fighting back—at least not in the way some people want you to or expect you to fight back—and I think that’s what many of us so often forget.
If you haven’t yet seen the movie, I highly recommend it.
BIG LOVE & HUGS