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: I feel like Hollywood has been flirting with the idea of a Jackie Robinson biopic for about as long as I've been paying attention to Hollywood flirting with ideas for movies (so: circa the middle years of Premiere
magazine, US version RIP), which may explain why 42
, sight unseen, feels a bit like a 90s time capsule as much as a 40s one, at least for me. Almost everything about it seems like it would've made for a bigger-ticket attraction in the late 90s: writer-director Brian Helgeland (screenwriter of L.A. Confidential
); a supporting role from Harrison Ford (who was still a major movie star throughout almost all of that decade); even less well-known star Chadwick Boseman is a little on the older side to play a late-20s Robinson (though admittedly, in the late 90s he would've been far too young). It's a shame that prominent pieces of American history tend to get drag-footed treatment from studios whenever they center on African Americans; the George Lucas production Red Tails
had a similarly long gestation followed by a similarly ho-hum-looking actual release. Still, it's nice to see Harrison Ford doing something that maybe he possibly appeared in out of personal interest in the part or story, rather than personal interest in adding another wing to the Flordhart compound.