Niagara Gazette — What we end up with in “42” is a sports history lesson not unlike those short films you see in museums. The feature exists because Robinson existed, but overall it falls short. The writing is by-the-numbers, the directing dispassionate. There are good production values, and the praiseworthy acting by all enhances our experience, especially Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, Harrison Ford as Rickey, Nicole Behaire as Rachel, Lucas Black as Reese, Christopher Meloni as wise-cracking coach Leo Durocher, and John C. McGinley as the legendary baseball announcer Red Barber.
“42” doesn’t reach the mythic level of “The Natural” or “Field Of Dreams.” Watching it is like going to a shrine. Interesting and reverential, but a little too quiet.Michael Calleri reviews films for Night and Day. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.