Preview: 42 (2013)


A look into the tumultuous signing of Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player in the Major Leagues.

  • Poster: B


It may be too simple, but it works. The design is rudimentary, but intended to give a very brief glimpse into the film, highlighting Jackie Robinson's jersey number.

  • Trailer: B / B+


Unlike the poster, the trailer shows us a lot of information about the player, his ascension to the major leagues, and the racism and segregation of the period. Most notable is how almost unrecognizable Harrison Ford is in the film, but I'm hoping he's not the one singled out for the film and others get some attention (unlike what I just did).

The right trailer can turn your film from looking like a niche genre film to a film of great importance. This trailer improves over the prior giving us a real sense of perspective, leading me to believe that this could be one of the first great films of the year.

Oscar Prospects:

Releasing in April won't help it win friends with the Academy, but poised at the beginning of baseball season, it will surely pull a sizable audience. If it's well received by critics, I could imagine it as a Best Picture nominee with possible nominations for Harrison Ford in Supporting Actor and possibly newcomer Chadwick Boseman in Actor.

Release Date:

  • April 12, 2013