Tuesday, April 23, 2013

movie review: 42 (and a rant on modern prejudice)

If you haven't heard about this movie, please go watch the trailer right this minute. Done? How are those goosebumps on your arms?

I went and saw this gem a couple days ago, and first let's note that I went and saw this movie, in the theatre, by myself. First, this is further evidence that I am growing increasingly attached to my alone time (see here). Second, it's something I've always wanted to try. And, it was awesome! I felt neither insecure nor lonely. I fully recommend it. Plus, I had a free movie pass and I can't argue with that.

This movie did not disappoint. Here are 4 reasons why:

1. I just love baseball.

I do, I really do. It ignites feelings within me of summer and childhood and family and Benny the Jet Rodriguez. There is nothing more to say about this.

2. I'm a sucker for inspirational sports films.

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! I'm always up for this genre. I totally adore those ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries. Fact: Just listening to the Rudy theme song makes me feel emotional.

3. I want Rachel Robinson's entire wardrobe.

Ahhhh! Someone please teleport me to the 1940s so I can wear pretty, feminine dresses every day of my life!

4. It got me thinking about modern prejudice.

Every time I watch one of these civil rights, racism-focused movies it stirs something inside me. And I feel like they're all the rage in recent years, from Remember the Titans to The Help. Every time that feeling of repulsion and "how could they treat people like that" stirs inside me, I remember that my own generation still has a long way to go. I hope that when my kids are my age, they'll be watching movies about how gay men still weren't allowed to serve in the Boy Scouts of America in 2013 (this embarrasses and infuriates me every time I think about it) and how the world finally woke up to the fact that homosexuality does not equal pedophilia, just like black skin never equaled worthlessness. And what about gender inequality, religious persecution, and still ongoing racism (ever heard a Muslim called a terrorist)? The point is...we'll get there. And someday we'll be watching movies about our own Jackie Robinsons and feeling glad we've put the closed-minded hate behind us.

Have you seen 42? What did you think?
And have you ever seen a movie at a theatre alone?

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Kayla Moncur said...

I love you for this post.

Also, I am ALL ABOUT seeing movies by myself. My friends in high school used to mock me for it but it is seriously the best thing ever.

Dan O. said...

Good review Katilda. Can’t say I loved it, but definitely liked mostly what I saw, especially from the story-telling department as it all went the way it happened in real life, no frills.

Budget Splurge Beauty said...

I agree so much!

Unknown said...

Hey Katie I don't know you, apparently we have a mutual friend David Packard and went to high school together but I don't remember you. I used to be prejudiced against Mormons (silly of me, all I needed to do was think of goofy David and be reasonable) but I've come a long way. I think even more than educating yourself, you need to talk to people. If you're willing to do that, you can change. It wasn't people I didn't like, it was policies, the past and stereotypes. But you can't change the past, and you're doing a great job dispelling the stereotypes. (Sounds like you'd like to change some Mormon policies on gays too ;) anyway stranger, keep up the good fight and so will I. Mormons are too nice to hate

Kylie said...

I've never been to a movie alone, but I think I just might try it one of these days. I'm trying to convince TJ to go see this one :) I love inspirational sports movies too, and I don't even really like to watch sports. I'm also a sucker for Friday Night Lights. I really loved your points about modern prejudices. I'm still shocked at how some people (*especially* Christians) treat and/or talk about others.