Excerpt: 42 is more or less what you expect it to be: a sharply-produced, widely appealing dramatization of Jackie Robinson’s ever-inspirational story. At times, it relies too heavily on invention as it paints its characters in broad strokes.
Excerpt: Robinson’s full story is complicated and fascinating, so the ideal film about him would be one where his risk-taking offensive strategy would be reflected in the storytelling. Helgeland hugs the base, whereas Robinson would have stolen it.
Excerpt: All in all, 42 isn’t quite up to the standards of the other movies in the series, 1 through 41. One can only hope that the inevitable sequel, 43, will be up to the task to return the franchise to its former glory.