fanboy president greg b’s movie review for afropunk: “42”

April 15, 2013

STARRING : Harrison Ford, Chad Boseman, Nicole Behaire

“You give me a uniform and a number on my back, I’ll bring the guts”… How cliché is that line, but nothing was cliché about the movie 42. Greetings my fellow movie lovers, it’s your favorite movie reviewer FANBOYYY PRESIDENT. I’ve been anticipating this movies release for some time and this movie didn’t disappoint. This movie I learned is more than the life story of how baseball player Jackie Robinson broke racial barriers. At the heart of the matter no matter how much morality is at stake, it’s still all about one thing, which is money. Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson gave a great performance and really showed another struggle that transcends sports and
entertainment. Often times African American men face the struggle and pressure of being looked at as a “hero” or “role model,” which after years of degradation almost feels foreign. The struggle for recognition is not the battle, but when the spotlight is finally thrust upon a hip-hop artist or athlete, that’s when the true test begins. It was refreshing to see Harrison Ford (who will always be Hans Solo to me) breath life into Branch Rickey who was a man looking for a shot at redemption. Those few Caucasians who sympathized with the treatment of African Americans during the post World War 2 era were few, far and in between, but they existed.

This movie did stick to the stereotype that all a black man needs is a strong black woman and an opportunity from a white man to make it in the world, but this was the actuality of the 1940’s. Unfortunately as motivating and inspirational as this movie was, it raised a nagging question that made me really wonder. Where are the heroes of our era? I know that African American youths need more than a shining example of Jay-Z and Pres. Barack Obama because endless twerking and high school fight videos plague my facebook page. So once again I ask you where are the heroes of our era?Well until next time remember a movie can’t be defined as a “black movie” unless the director and lead actors are African American so no 42 is not a “black movie.”