“Look if I wanted to be happy, I would’ve been a Yankees fan”. The struggles of the Boston Red Sox during the most famous game in the 1986 World Series are interwoven with the life of Nicky Rogan, a playwright torn between the opening night of his latest play, and his beloved Red Sox in the 2005 film Game 6.
Nicky Rogan has a big night ahead of him. His latest play is about to have it’s opening night, and his Red Sox have the chance to win their first World Series since 1918. Nicky is at an interesting place in his life we learn as he doesn’t seem to be on great terms with his daughter, and his wife wants a divorce. We meet his father who doesn’t recognize him and complains about losing items he’s wearing. On top of that, the lead in his play can’t remember the lines and a good friend of his, seems to be living like a hobo. His greatest fear, besides the Sox blowing the World Series, is the critic Steven Schwimmer, played by Robert Downey Jr, who is notorious for torching plays in his reviews and leading many playwrights to quit their jobs. All this leads to Nicky arming himself with a gun and setting off to his play with the night’s events up in the air.
I really have a lot of time for Michal Keaton and I wished he was a more prominent figure in today’s Hollywood scene. There’s something about the way he carries himself or the characters he plays that no matter the role, he always seems approachable, likeable and entertaining. While he’s been replaced in many eyes by Christian Bale, Keaton for me constructed the most complete vision of Bruce Wayne during his time in the Batman films. In this film, he’s again solid and sympathetic. He is an actor that for me says a lot of things by facial expressions and body language instead of simply reciting lines. As Nicky Rogan in Game 6, Keaton embodies this slightly desperate man, hoping that life will balance out and he’ll get what he plainly feels he deserves. Robert Downey Jr is fantastic in the final bits of the film, it’s a shame he wasn’t included a bit more in the movie as I really enjoyed his reasoning behind being such a harsh critic. For those of you who may be fans of baseball, and particularly of the Mets or Red Sox, give this one a look as it recreates one of the most famous 9th innings in baseball history, and explores the depths one man is willing to go to at the end of that famous game.