I was fortunate to be a guest of Legendary pictures employee Nathan Hayashigawa, who is a very dear college friend of mine, of the premiere and after party for the movie “42 – The Story of An American Legend.”
Crowds of adoring fans littered the streets trying to get a glimpse of the red carpet arrivals, which included Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart.
After the movie concluded Hollywood Blvd. was closed down and blocked off so that we could walk across the street to the after party behind the El Capitan. Hundreds of adoring fans were screaming praises behind the police guarded metal barricades, while trying to breach the barricades to storm the attendees. Note, these fans hadn’t yet seen the movie yet.
Once inside our destination, the after party was decorated as a baseball stadium with fun food from In-N-Out, to pretzels and churro stands, to peanuts still in their shells, to gourmet yummy food being passed around by servers. All 3 open bars had wonderful special drinks made for the occasion and photo areas to capture memories of the night. This was by far one of the best premier after parties that I have attended, and I’ve attended a lot over the years. It is up there with the Blade Runner Final Cut premiere and after party which was located at the famed Bradbury Building back in 2007.
On display were uniforms worn by Jackie Robinson. The DJ was slamming, guests were dressed to the 9’s as they enjoyed the event that was organized by Legendary, who did a great job with the after party.
On to the movie. Chadwick Boseman, as Jackie Robinson, gave a stellar performance while Harrison Ford, as Branch Rickey, of course did so as well. Combined with great cameos from other wonderful actors, this movie is a must see.
I left the premiere knowing that this movie has Oscar nomination written all over it. Everyone should see this movie, it isn’t just a baseball movie, it is a story about a human overcoming immense obstacles, such as intense racism, and winning. Writer/Director Brian Helgeland did an amazing job with creating an era in our history, and showing how far we have come as a nation to battle racism, as well as how far we still need to go.
The day prior to the Hollywood premiere that I attended, “42” screened for the Obama’s at the White House. Michelle Obama, aka our First Lady, has been quoted as saying that everyone in our country, and the world, should see this movie. I concur.
You might be wondering what the movie “42” has to do with beauty. It’s simple. Racism, sexism, classicism, etc. are ugly traits that not only our nation has worked to overcome, but that we as individuals must continue to work on as well.
This isn’t just an American issue, these are things that the entire world deals with. True beauty is accepting people for being the human they are, and letting them perform to their best ability, without harassment or judgement based on gender, race, orientation etc. Beauty is strength, and strength is beautiful.
While our nation still has a long way to go, at least segregation to the extent of pre 70’s is no more. “42” is a beautiful movie, it will tug at your heart strings, it might even make you tear up, it will most definitely make you root for Jackie Robinson and leave you feeling satisfied. “42” is a must see.