Howard Bryant wrote about the new film 42 for ESPN:
For the past week, the concepts of how a story is told and who gets to tell it have resonated as I thought about Boston and listened to complex conversation about war and terrorism devolve along the simplistic lines of “heroes” and “cowards” and “resilience.” That simplification is a template borrowed from the tattered handbook of how there is generally one way to write about race in America: to make the majority of the mainstream feel good about itself without depth, without substance, without respect or appreciation for grievances that can successfully change society but that don’t always have happy endings.
I saw the film yesterday, and was incredibly disappointed by it. The above excerpt alludes to why: I didn’t get the sense that the film was interested in portraying hardship, and that made it an incredibly low-stakes affair. But Bryant finds some teaching moments in the film’s failures, and I’m glad to see it.