Starring Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and a deeply in character Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, 42 is a small story in a big film, and a small film telling a big story all at once.
The story of the first black player to crack through the color barrier of major league baseball obviously carries profound historical importance. But it was, and is, the reserved character of the two men at the center of the story who deeply believe they can prevail over hard set prejudice, that pushes the story to unfold so powerfully. That achievement, and the indomitable belief in its inherent justice and acceptance, would become a milestone for race relations in our country and an indelibly proud moment for the sport of baseball.
In a past article on marketing true-life movies (The Art of the Trailer: Selling true stories.), Moviedozer included the trailer for 42. You can see it by clicking here, or on the title of the article above.
Going small. Three new limited release worth attention.
As fans would expect of Malick, the trailer images are stunning. Unusual framing, seemingly incongruent cuts, a masterclass in folding light around characters, ethereal camera movement and stunning composition. All of the artistic qualities that drew me into the trailer of Malick's Oscar nominated The Tree of Life. The admiration of which also drew me into sitting through each of the 139 minutes of its running time wondering why I felt like the experience was more like sitting on a bench in front of a wonderful photography exhibit rather than being told a story on film.
I'm including To the Wonder in today's column because it is, indeed, a beautiful trailer. It is also hauntingly and annoyingly similar to Tree of Life. So the trailer is here for you to enjoy, at about the exact running time I would recommend a Malick movie runtime. But for 2 minutes, it is gorgeous work. If you're a fan of Terrence Malick's work, you should certainly go see the whole movie on a real theater screen because even I won't deny that he is a master filmmaker.