Jackie Robinson is not only an American hero, but he’s also a hero for Black people as well (not just Black Americans). The full story of Jackie Robinson wasn’t one that was ever fully told to me in any history class, aside from the fact that he broke the colour barrier in the world of Baseball in a still racially divided United States. This movie was essentially supposed to be the story of Jackie Robinson and just how he was able to defy racism and focus on playing the game of baseball. When you’re viewing a biopic, usually the main focus would be the person whom the story is being told, but for this movie, it wasn’t the main case – it was about the man who gave Jackie Robinson the opportunity to play. That man was Branch Rickey.
I imagined that Jackie Robinson would have been portrayed the way that Malcolm X was, or even Billy Bean in Moneyball. Being a man who is the face of a race for opportunities in the future, there were obviously a lot of racially charged issues around him that he had to endure. What this movie showed more of was the reactions of others who felt the need to play with him – teammates, management, opposing players in the league, and dealing with the crowd. Also what it showed was the impact that Rickey had because he had this investment that he was hoping to bank on. Not to say that it was a bad portrayal, but if you’re going to say that this is the real story of Jackie Robinson, focus on Jackie Robinson – the family man, the athlete, and more so about his background.
Harrison Ford & Chadwick Boseman both came through with their performances, but I felt like there could have been a lot more done to show off the personality of who Jackie was. Being that I didn’t know just what type of man he was, it would have been nice to see just what type of person he was away from the plate. The fact that it also took place within a short period of time, you would have thought that there would have been more to come out. The point that I’m coming to is that this movie was hyped, and everything was looking to be great, but it could have been executed better. It was still good, because it showed a portrayal of racism from not only Jackie’s side, but the teammates that also felt the effects – that was the realism that I could appreciate, because you know that not everyone was going to feel alright about the first Black man playing on their team.
At the end of it all, depending on who the focus was on a majority of the time, Jackie Robinson shifted the way how people viewed America’s precious game of baseball. Generations who have been brought up to hate the Blacks, looked at Jackie Robinson and witnessed that all he wanted was to be included and do well at it – he did. And he did all the way to the Hall of Fame. The legacy that he left is an impact that we won’t see again in any field for a long time, but as far as who Jackie Robinson was, there’s still something that’s a mystery about him that I thought would have been brought out, but yet it was a little overshadowed. If you’re curious about Jackie Robinson, then you could watch the movie for the feel good story about a courageous man that took on the White man’s world, but at the end of the day, I still don’t feel as if the whole story was told. Maybe it will, who knows? This is my opinion; this is my review, but for now
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