"Game 6," lyrically scripted by
Really, it's about a playwright named Nicky (
With DeLillo making his presence felt, "Game 6" is a lyrical piece, more invested with dramatic structure and figurative imagery than plot. The story takes place over one day as Nicky takes the journey from his apartment to his premiere in a series of cabs. Wherever he goes, he meets familiar faces from his past -- an old writing mentor (the loopy
There's sufficient whimsy to the piece that Keaton's role has to ground the drama, particularly with Downey going endearing over-the-edge with tics and mannerisms. Keaton, who has spent much of the past decade being misused in films, gets better as Nicky's sanity gets more precarious. In addition to Yulin and Dunne,
As a Red Sox fan and a writer, "Game 6" spoke to me. Other viewers, audience members without interest in baseball, DeLillo or criticism, may feel that the movie is just a short trip to nowhere, an 83-minute diversion and little more. For me, the movie traveled to a place that felt emotionally true.