Friday, September 21, 2012

Whoa... who woke up Harrison Ford?

Below, the trailer for "42," a biopic of Jackie Robinson (why haven't there been at least sixty of these by now??) with newcomer Chadwick Boseman in the lead and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. It looks good. The only thing worrying is the April release date - the pedigree (biopic, issue-oriented, aging legend playing historical figure in showy supporting part) practically screams "Oscar movie!!!;" so why is it opening after this years show and so long before next years.

In any case, the film is due in April and they're already running trailers starting today; which means I will be called about 10 to 15 times between now and then by my dad to ask if I've seen this yet and if it's any good.

11 comments:

KevinCV said...

Aside from the annoying as hell gangsta rap song playing throughout the trailer, I'm just as gobsmacked as you are seeing this trailer, Bob. Harrison Ford really looks lively in this. Also, it's about time we had a movie based on the life of Jackie Robinson. I was wondering when they'd get around to doing one.

Wylie Times said...

The film looks promising but good lord why the modern music. I'm actually a huge Jay-Z fan, but that particular song shouldn't be used in a period piece.


And yes Bob your spot on, you'd think there would have been hundreds of film about the life of Jackie Robinson by now.

Baseball films are damn near a genre unto themselves yet biopics about Black and/or Latino players rarely get made, especially by a major studio.

Dave said...

42? Why isn't this a Douglas Adams biopic?

Anonymous said...

There have been actually two other made for TV movies about Jackie Robinson (probably more for all I know. One was with Blair Underwood in the role and the other was with Andre Brauer.

Joe said...

How often does the music used in the trailer actually end up in the film?

Oisín O'Driscoll said...

As a European who's never heard of this guy before, I decided to watch this without googling him to see if I, and by extension the international audience in general, could get what was going on.

So what I've gotten is that Jackie Robinson is one of the first (the first?) black men to play on a white guy baseball team, which I'd guess puts this in the 50s? 40s? I don't know if baseball was racially segregated by law, or just sort of tradition, but it seems like a lot of people weren't very happy about mixed race teams, except Harrison Ford's character who's idea it was in the first place.

Ultimately this film looks cool, but I don't even understand the rules of baseball so I don't think I'll be queuing up for this one. Soundtracks pretty awesome though, and I'm definitely gonna try and seek out that song from the second half.

Anonymous said...

hey Wylie,

that song probably won't even be in the movie.

and even then, why can't you use modern music in a period piece. I mean You couldn't have the characters listen to it on the radio, but music is mood man.

Sylocat said...

If you had told me that one day Harrison Ford would play Branch Rickey, I would have laughed. But now? He actually looks pretty good.

Anonymous said...

I hope this doesn't follow the "white guilt movie" formula, though it looks like it does.

Black people are nice. White people are bad. One white person sees that black people are just normal people and stands with them against racism.


I could be talking about any number of movies, and they all have the same one-dimensional characters.

Unknown said...

blaableeblaa, movie aobut histor and overcoming shit, make movies about scienece hollywood, its geting old. im sick of old genres and wanna see roobts only from now on. thnk you movie bob fo rlinking this and giving breif descriptions, it saves me time. i appreciate it dearly

Anonymous said...

Unknown, if you want to watch a movie about robots, then watch a movie about robots. If you don't want to watch a baseball biopic, don't watch a baseball biopic. It's that simple. To say that Hollywood should make JUST robot movies is childish.