Mary Poppins Returns
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The best thing about the movie is Jackie Robinson himself, playing the title role. Burdened with some lines and situations that would weigh heavily on a professional actor, he gives a remarkably natural performance.
Here the simple story of Mr. Robinson's trail-blazing career is re-enacted with manifest fidelity and conspicuous dramatic restraint. And Mr. Robinson displays a calm assurance and composure that might be envied by many a Hollywood star.
Though [Robinson] was a better infielder than he was an actor, anyone who loves baseball will be intrigued by the story of the determined man who broke the color barrier in the major leagues.
Movie's main asset is that Robinson plays himself.
One of the most sincere sports biopics.
Lackluster production but great central baseball hero.
While Jackie Robinson is not an entertainment professional this film is beyond price as one can get a sense of the man who - together with Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers - broke the color bar in baseball. While not a performer, the INCREDIBLE humility is there to see for anyone who wonders about the soul who conquered over the immense HATRED rendered to prevent him playing a silly ball game. What one is not shown is the other side of the coin, the hatred rendered. That part, the really ugly part, is cleaned up and sanitized, and downplayed, like advertising a monster movie wherein the villain doesn't show. And so the point of the work is, umm, strategically avoided. But Jack ... is still great.
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