Know what premiership players do on their day off? Why, dream of football, of course. Nike’s latest spectacular, Home Game, plays Thierry Henry in a footballing fantasy wonderfully at odds with the ultra-neat interior of a designer home and prim neighbours.
Its two directors Tom Carty and Mark Neveldine do like to
entertain, and they certainly booted up this high-energy Nike
fantasy with lashings of charm and humour - plus some real-life
Manchester United players - all played out to a cracking
Thierry Henry pelts out of dark screen into minimalist
corridors, kicking his ball and treating us to some fancy footwork
and ball control. Oblivious to his surroundings, he shatters a
framed photo of himself and chief Wenger ("Sorry, Boss!"); disturbs
the neighbours ("Helen, that Frenchman's out there again.");
topples a bookcase; is pursued and finally tackled by his
dreamed-up Man U players. Or was that his friendly boxer dog that
tripped him? In post-production The Mill made the most of Thierry's
exuberance by exaggerating the resulting chaos.