Metal Arcade: Zack Kircher writes:
While marred by sentimentality and some formulaic plot points, 42 is a great telling of the quintessential tale of racial prejudice in sports.
Sports dramas have been done time and time again, especially films that document the struggles of African-American integration during the Civil Rights Era. Ranging from Remember the Titans to Glory Road, the subgenre has covered racism in sports such as football, basketball and boxing. However, for the longest time Hollywood seemed to have forgotten perhaps the greatest of these stories – Jackie Robinson’s MLB career. Not only was he a great player to begin with, Robinson was the first African-American to break the color barrier in major league baseball, setting a huge precedent for civil rights movements in sports leagues thereafter. Now that Hollywood is adapting this great story to film with 42, has Jackie Robinson received the big screen treatment he deserves?