In which I shamelessly cheat by doubling-up on some choices.
This movie scares me. Jackie Robinson is not only one of the greatest to ever play the beautiful game, but he’s one of the most important figures of the civil rights era. His story has all the right elements to make a truly phenomenal biopic, but there’s something second-rate looking about this film. Grumpy Guts himself, Harrison Ford, stars as Branch Rickey, the Dodgers executive who signed Robinson, and Chadwick Boseman (The Express) stars as Jackie Robinson, but the dialogue is cheesy and schmaltzy, exactly the wrong tone for a story as dramatic as Robinson’s. You really don’t need to heighten anything when it comes to this one.