Go see the Movie “42”.
Okay, no, I’m not telling you what to do or anything. I’m just enthusiastic.
I got mad; I got madder; I got really mad. I laughed. I cheered (quietly). I cried (happily). I all but forgot to breathe for an hour and a half. Well, okay, I really did forget to breathe some of the time. And let me tell you, not breathing can be exhausting.
So, what is “42”? “42” was Jackie Robinson’s baseball number. “42” is a movie about Jackie Robinson, which is par excellence! Bring your teens. It’s PG-13, and you might not want your little ones to hear the language, especially the “n” word, repeated over and over by one man. About that? You picked up that I got mad, right? No, I wasn’t mad at the producers. I was mad at the attitudes and actions of some of the people. Even though I already knew it was that way in history, it was painful to see it all come to life on the screen. But sometimes we need to see pain, to see how people have pushed through it.
This movie and all that it stands for is part of American History 101. Living and breathing history. This was life-changing US history! None of this life-changing history should have ever been necessary. But unfortunately it was.
Branch Rickie and Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese and others helped bring about change. Many were involved, and many showed courage, but what was most apparent, what was most essential to change the sports climate in America, was the courage of one man who didn't see himself as a hero, one man who just wanted to play baseball: Jackie Robinson.
I hope you will go see the movie.