Aaaagh! I had to review Everyone’s Hero this weekend and was rather looking forward to it. Well, let’s just say it wasn’t an optimum experience for me. The plot was mediocre and allowed for great shredding of any kind of logic. Kids who love baseball may find it fun, though I didn’t hear any laughing while I was there. For me it was a form of torture. At a certain point in the film I was ready to scream “NOOOO!!!!” I didn’t, but it was hard to maintain my silence.
The way this movie plays fast and loose with history just drove me crazy. First of all, I do have to mention fashion. It is the 1930s. All the women in this animated film look like they sprang from the early 1960s, but with longer skirts. I don’t remember flipped up hairdos as the style. Also, do we hear any of the music from the period? No.
I did enjoy the fact that we got to see some Negro League players in action. That allows for a nice touch. I needed something nice to help me handle the illogic and inaccuracy of the Yankees and Cubs history.
Did you know that Babe Ruth only hit so well because of his magic bat, Darlin’? You didn’t? Well, in this movie that’s the case. Ugh.
I began to have problems with the baseball plot developments when the owner of the Cubs and one of the cheating pitchers, Lefty, on the team plot to steal Babe’s bat. The Cubs as bad guys? What the hell? Plus, who is this Cubs owner, this Mr. Robinson? Where’s the Wrigleys? Remember, Wrigley Field (that the animators gave light stands way before the Cubs played night games)? Yes, I checked. The Wrigleys owned the Cubs throughout a good chunk of the 20th century before the Tribune syndicate bought it.
It’s Depression-era America and the Yankees are playing the Cubs in the World Series. Yes, this did happen in 1932. Of course, in Everyone’s Hero this becomes a drawn-out series leading to the dramatic final game. Sigh. Unfortunately for Cubs fans it did not go this way. The Cubs were swept by the Yankees. They also met again in 1938 with the same result.
The movie has Babe Ruth in a slump during this series. Um…let’s just say that was inaccurate. In game 3 Ruth created a moment of baseball lore when he pointed to left field and “called his shot.”
Here comes a spoiler, so don’t read further if you want to discover the big movie moment at the movie and not here.
It’s the last game of the series. The Yankees are behind in the score, they’re demoralized, and Babe has had his last at bat and struck out. Yankee arrives with Darlin’ to save the day, but who will bat? There’s no spark in the Yankees line-up and somebody needs to go out and hit the ball. Well why not let this little boy have his chance. AAAAAAGH! I know it’s a childhood fantasy, but could the movie have given the kid his big moment back on the sandlot? No, here he is at Wrigley Field batting in the final game of the World Series. Must. Not. Gnash. Teeth. The illogic of such an illegal action just drove me batty (no pun intended).
I could have respected the movie for what it was except for that last silly bit. You think Yankees manager Joe McCarthy would even let something like that cross his mind? Much less have a stadium full of Cubs fan cheering for the Yankees’ miracle hit? I’m telling you, it makes me crazy.
So, you might enjoy the movie if you DON’T know anything about baseball. This all could seem very logical to you. Kids who don’t understand team rosters and have never heard of the Cubs can enjoy the game. The rest of us must just wince and do our dangedest to not stand up and scream, “NOOOOO!” in the movie theater.