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22.4.13

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movie, currently in the theater

After a year of extolling the virtues of reading, I feel I need to interrupt this important work to tell you about this great movie. I must admit, I am not one to go to the movie theater.  I love movies but prefer sitting at home and watching them in my pajamas.  After hearing all of the praise for this film, I was persuaded to make it to a Sunday afternoon matinee.  Since this is out of the ordinary for me, I insisted that my son accompany me.  He was, instead, strongly suggesting that he ought to be permitted to see the new GI Joe movie, for the second time, I must add.

I put my foot down, and boy am I glad I did.  This film was not only informative, A+ on the teachable moments, but touching and inspiring.  The plot moved along seamlessly, with the help of subtitles and an effective movie score.  The film concentrates on Jackie Robinson's first two years in major league baseball.  It gives equal attention to Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers' owner, Branch Ricky.  I knew very little about these two men and their contributions to the civil rights movement.  The movie educated me without preaching.  It shed light on how far we've come and how far we still have to go.

Now, it did not have the action and fantasy that my son has grown accustomed to in his movies and books, but it was a story well told.  So well told, in fact, that it's themes occupied our conversation for the afternoon.  It is my hope that it will inspire my son to look to the pioneers of the past who have helped us get to where we are today.

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