The movie 42, directed and written by Brian Helgeland, tells the true-life story of Jackie Robinson and his historic journey through the Brooklyn Dodges baseball organization, becoming the first African American baseball player to ever play in a Major League Baseball game. Throughout the movie, Jackie goes through non-stop adversity, receiving death threats, fastballs thrown at his head, fans calling him racial slurs, and even his own teammates refusing to play on the same team as another black man; so much adversity that it leaves the audience in a “jaw dropped” state of mind when
This place in the film is iconic in showing the society and culture during the time period of 1947-1956 for not only Major League Baseball, but also the significance of racism in the United States during that time period. The physical space consists of Jackie standing on the first base as the fans are booing him and yelling, “get off the field” from above in the stands. The director is using ethos to create a sense
As Pee Wee Reese comes up to Jackie and puts his arm around him, the crowd begins to boo even louder, using pathos to influence the viewer’s emotions to fully understand what the culture was really like during that time of baseball and in Jackie’s life. The tone of the scene begins to turn from hectic to serious as the background sound does the same by originally only hearing the loud sounds of boos that tend “to be forceful, intense, and threating” (Sound, 208), to changing to a piano playing a slower, serious and inspirational, tune. “The faster the tempo of sound, the greater the tension produced in the listening” (Sound, 208). In this case, the tension is beginning to subside with the help of Pee Wee creating less
This is a very significant part of the movie, showing that the culture in not only Major League Baseball is about change, but the entire culture of the United States is also about to change when it comes to
Overall, I believe the movie 42 did an incredible job of using the space of Jackie standing on the first base as the fans are booing him and yelling, “get off the field” from above in the stands as Pee Wee comes up to him to show his support, in an effort to show the movie’s arguments about society, culture, time period, mood, and tone in the film. As a result, I award the movie 42 five slurpees.