42: The Jackie Robinson Story

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In Brief: In honor of Black History Month, the Hendersonville Film Society will be revisiting 42: The Jackie Robinson Story. When the film premiered in 2013, it seemed like a missed opportunity to do justice to an important story about a great man — and having recently rewatched Alfred E. Green's 1950 take on the tale starring Robinson himself, that assessment has not changed. It's not a terrible film, but it sticks too closely to modern biopic tropes without adequately addressing the elephant in the room, glossing over institutional racism for the sake of narrative convenience and audience comfort. It's hard to avoid the feeling that Brian Helgeland, whose script for L.A. Confidential earned him an Oscar, could have accomplished something deeper and more meaningful. Then again, he also wrote A Knight's Tale and The Postman...
Genre: Biopic
Director: Brian Helgeland
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Alan Tudyk
Rated: NR

The Hendersonville Film Society will show 42: The Jackie Robinson Story on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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