Game 6 Reviews
"It's opening night... Let the games begin."
I really wish I would have liked Game 6 more. I like the story. A writer has a new play coming out, that is supposed to be his best work. Everyone is informing him that a tough critic is going to tear his play apart and this begins to worry him. As that is going on it's also the night game 6 of the 1986 World Series is being played(most remembered for Buckner's less than impressive play). Nicky is a Red Sox fan, but doesn't hold out to much hope for the Red Sox winning the World Series.
What seems like a really cool story turns out to not make a great movie. At least in the hands of Michael Hoffman. As much as I wanted to like the movie; nothing in the actual movie was able to allow me to like it. The cast is fine with some pretty big names like Keaton, O'Hara and Downey Jr, but the movie has many flaws and the actors aren't able to make the movie anything special.
All in all Game 6 is a pretty joyless experience. It's also very disappointing because I believe it could have been so much more.
[font=Century Gothic]"Game 6" is a literate take on how a person's life can change in a moment. It is fueled by purple prose, especially by of all people, a traffic reporter.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Note: I am a Mets fan who was a freshman in October, 1986 at a university in Massachusetts but I was back home in New York for game 6 of the World Series which I barely remember. That was the beginning of one of my favorite hobbies during my college years - antagonizing New England sports fans. [/font]
Some great scenes...some scenes that don't quite come together. Liked it quite a bit in the end.
Lastly - why were the Mets fans in the bar chanting "Hendu, Hendu"? He was a Red Sox player!!!
Interesting Side Note: I did find it odd that they made Michael Keaton's character of 1986 look like Michael Keaton of today. In my mind Michael Keaton always looks like he did in 1986. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I miss the 80's.
"Game 6" is your standard contemporary talking-heads indie, which really isn't all that memorable, but has some good moments anyway.
Taking place on that fateful day in the 1986 World Series, there comes my least favorite parts of the film; possibly to fill up runtime, we have some useless shots of nothingness inside the ballpark, with bizzare radio announcements on traffic in the background. I was more fond of his intercuts to the nametags of various drivers within the numerous taxicabs Nicky Rogan (Michael Keaton) rides in, which establishes his character as an ex-cab driver who still has fond memories of the job. Now, he's a playwright whose opening night just might be ruined by the most hated critic in town, Steven Schwimmer (Robert Downey, Jr.), and deals with just about every other trouble he currently has in his life... and ultimately ditches his opening night to watch Game 6.
The opening shot of the film introduces us to Schwimmer before we even know it; he knows how hated he is, becoming a recluse in fear of his own life. One character describes him as "not having any friends, phone, or even a toilet"; in addition, he attends premieres in disguise and with a loaded firearm.
As for the fateful Game 6, it's shown... but through all those shots in the stadium earlier, it's somewhat surprising that we only see it via a barroom TV (nope, I didn't think of indie budget contraints when watching this movie). This contributes to some good moments of tension that you can't help but think were too easy, though the cheering crowd in the bar is a plus. Screenwriter Don DeLillo manages to grab a pivotal line straight from the game, to Rogan's play. Did I mention Rogan's actor, who has to deliver that line ("This could be it"), has a parasite and is losing his memory? Intercutting between the premiere and the game adds to the excitement.
Finally, we get to the very conclusion we predicted, which is expected for a film that was a little too easy to make. The hardest part was probably getting Keaton and Downey, Jr. to sign on... or getting the rights to the World Series footage. This just might be enjoyable for those of you who are into more obscure stuff and don't necessarily grade films based on effort... as it works both ways (see my review for "Russian Ark" if you don't know what I mean).
MPAA: R (some language and sexuality)
Runtime: 1 hour, 24 minutes (79 minutes of "real movie")