42 is the new biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play Major League Baseball. It’s a typical sports film in that it’s inspirational and feel-good. It’s also a typical race film in that it’s fairly heavy-handed. Even though 42 doesn’t look too hard to find a weakness in Robinson, neither does it shy away from portraying how brutally he suffered.
42 centers on the relationship between Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey and Robinson. Rickey recruits Robinson as the key player in his plan to desegregate baseball. Rickey proves to be as shrewd a businessperson as he is a strong Christian.
Rickey’s faith drives how he conducts the business of baseball.
He’s Methodist. I’m Methodist. God‘s Methodist. There’s no problem.
– Rickey, talking about Robinson. Continue Reading…