42 ★★★½

"42" is a more complex and complete look at the life of Jackie Robinson than the much earlier and small-studio 1950 "The Jackie Robinson Story."
At least in "42," you view the tension that developed among the Brooklyn Dodgers players who opposed Robinson joining the team — and you also see how his performance won over many teammates.
More importantly, the role of Branch Rickey (an underappreciated performance by Harrison Ford) is expanded.
And we do get to see the verbal and physical abuse Robinson had to stoically accept in his rookie season.