Monday, July 15 2013, 03:42 PM MDT
DVD Review: Letters from Jackie - The Private Thoughts of Jackie Robinson
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: July 16, 2013
Available On: DVD
Synopsis: A different aspect of Jackie Robinson’s personality is revealed through his letters to a variety of people including pen pal Ron Robinovitz, Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Eisenhower.
Recommendation: Hosted by Curtis Granderson and featuring interviews with his daughter, Sharon Robinson, pen pal Ron Rabinovitz and baseball experts and players, Letters from Jackie is an intimate look at the more private aspects of Jackie Robinson’s personality. While it does touch on the racism that he endured, the documentary is far more about the humility and sense of purpose that existed beneath the surface. I particularly enjoyed the exploration of Robinson’s friendship with Ron Rabinovitz, a young fan who became a longtime friend and confidant of Robinson. I was expecting there to be a little more venom in Letters from Jackie, but actually prefer to discover that Robinson was as gracious outside of the spotlight as he was within it. Not that Robinson didn’t know when to raise his voice, he was just wise enough to know when it was appropriate.
-Ryan Michael Painter