42

The new film 42 about the great Jackie Robinson is really quite wonderful. It’s reminiscent of A League of Their Own, with the same humor and a surprisingly charming supporting cast. Of course it’s much heavier and there’s plenty of uncomfortable N-word moments. But I suspect families will watch and love this film for generations.

Harrison Ford definitely steals the show as Branch Rickey, the man who signs Jackie to the Dodgers. It’s a subtle, loving, and hilarious performance which once again reminds us why he’s been a household name for decades. It’s not quite as memorable as Tom Hanks’ Jimmy Dugan (“There’s no crying in baseball!”), but it definitely makes this film worth seeing again and again.

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