2016 Movie Challenge|Week 10|42 The Jackie Robinson Story

42As one of my goals for 2016 I am participating in a movie challenge to watch a different film each week for all 52 weeks of the year – each with a unique theme. Some will be films I have seen before, others will be new, and all of them will adhere as closely as possible to the week’s theme. I will review each of them here weekly and if you like, you can follow along with me on the challenge!  I have listed each week’s challenge at the end of this post. So pop yourself a bowl of popcorn and kick up your feet!

Week 10: A movie with a number in the title

Looking up movie titles with numbers in them for this week’s challenge many of them were off the wall – or I had seen them before. The one I found – ’42’ – Jackie Robinson’s story was the perfect fit. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in the MLB. He had incredible talent and had to endure extreme racist opposition. Living in Kansas City, I remember when the movie premiered here because Robinson got his start with the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs. I wanted to watch the film back then and I am glad I finally got to because of this challenge! Harrison Ford is brilliant as the Dodgers manager, but the real break out stars are Chadwick Boseman who plays Robinson and Andre Holland who plays the sports writer Wendell Smith. They gave truly incredible performances.

The film picks up right as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey decides to break the color line in the MLB by hiring an African American baseball player- and he wants Jackie Robinson. Jackie earns his way to the field for the Dodgers and proves that he deserved to play in the big leagues whatever the color of his skin. It is an incredible look into what he had to endure, his home life, and it really captured a bit of the magic but also the darkness that time in our history held. It is a reminder of what a man is worth. It is heart, talent, courage and the drive. By becoming the African-American trailblazer of the Major Leagues, Robinson also provided a huge boost to the civil rights movement in the United States and around the world. This is not just a baseball movie, it is a movie about history.

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2016 Movie Challenge

  • Week 1: A movie with bad reviews
  • Week 2: A movie you started but never finished
  • Week 3: A movie with a one word title
  • Week 4: A movie a friend recommended
  • Week 5: A movie with a love triangle
  • Week 6: A classic romance
  • Week 7: An Academy Award best picture
  • Week 8: A movie by a female director
  • Week 9: A movie based on or turned into a tv show
  • Week 10: A movie with a number in the title
  • Week 11: A movie based entirely on its cover
  • Week 12: A silent movie
  • Week 13: A funny movie
  • Week 14: A movie you own but have never watched
  • Week 15: A movie based on a true story
  • Week 16: A movie with antonyms in the title
  • Week 17: A movie directed by someone under 30
  • Week 18: A movie that made you cry
  • Week 19: A movie you were supposed to see in school but didn’t
  • Week 20: A movie your mom loves
  • Week 21: A movie based on a graphic novel or comic
  • Week 22: A trilogy Part 1
  • Week 23: A trilogy Part 2
  • Week 24: A trilogy Part 3
  • Week 25: A movie made by a director with your initials
  • Week 26: A movie set in a different country
  • Week 27: A movie with nonhuman characters
  • Week 28: A movie from a director you love but haven’t seen yet
  • Week 29: A movie at the bottom of your to-watch list
  • Week 30: A movie with magic
  • Week 31: A documentary
  • Week 32: A movie that came out the year you were born
  • Week 33: A movie you hate
  • Week 34: A movie based on a book
  • Week 35: A movie set in high school
  • Week 36: A musical
  • Week 37: A movie in a language you don’t speak
  • Week 38: A banned movie
  • Week 39: A popular director’s first movie
  • Week 40: A movie longer than 3 hours
  • Week 41: A movie with a color in the title
  • Week 42: A mystery or thriller
  • Week 43: A movie that scares you
  • Week 44: A movie that takes place in your home state
  • Week 45: A collection of short films
  • Week 46: A movie released this year
  • Week 47: A movie set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • Week 48: A memoir
  • Week 49: A movie by a director you’ve never seen before
  • Week 50: A movie set during Christmas
  • Week 51: A movie from your childhood
  • Week 52: A movie set in the future
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