Emilio Estevez directs and stars in this account of the fallout from Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. Story unfolds from the point of view of 22 characters present when the shots were fired.
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It’s intended as a slice of 60s American life. There’s the young idealists who take acid for the first time, the racist manager, the wise hotel coot who’s seen the tides change, the Spanish kitchen hands, the black chef, the shallow husband, the saintly politician, the angry assassin, etcetera and whatnot. Collectively they are the 60s: a mix of innocence, revolution, aggression, hypocrisy, democracy, etcetera and whatnot. A people seemingly lost and confused.
Robert Kennedy is a rationale, compassionate politician. A leader who sees injustice, listens to the people, and if not providing solutions is asking for unity in finding them. And then by the very aggression & violence he detests, he is shot.
Estevez’s point, I think, is the great loss America suffered when Bobby died (indeed, one wonders what the world would be like if he had become President). Because of this Bobby is portrayed as an absolute saint, a savior gunned down before he could save. This portrayal might be debatable, I wouldn’t know. But regardless, the effect of it all is to prompt the question: ‘where’s a Bobby when you need one?’ It’s a passionate cry from Mr Emilio. And it’s a point worthy of making a film about.
Especially with the parallels with that time and our time, and especially with Bobby’s stark contrast to George “where I come from” Bush.
Why, when an actor directs, do they cast all their buddies? In this case Estevez has gone over board. The problem with too many famous faces is just that. It makes it hard to see anything but, and only a few here shine.
Roll call. Emilio himself (not bad, you’ve done well yourself). Laurence Fishburne (alright). Anthony Hopkins (same old, but good). Helen Hunt (rubbish, very poor). Ashton Kutcher (good). William H. Macy (alright, usually much better). Lindsay Lohan (very good). Demi Moore (very good). Martin Sheen (usually awesome, not so good here). Christian Slater (very very good). Sharon Stone (average). Heather Graham (no good). Joshua Jackson (meh). Shia LeBeouf (nice work). Elijah Wood (semi-good). And that’s only the famous people.
Some characters hold your interest, others don’t, making for an uneven film. 'Bobby's not that good a film really. It’s unforgivably on the nose and it’s discombobulated, but it does pack a punch by its end through the shear sincerity of the filmmaker’s plea.
[Reviewed by Ed.]
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BY Brian1 superstar
An interesting movie tracing the people who were at the Ambassador Hotel the night senator Bobby kennedy was shot.
Most will probably remember that night, and this movie is a reminder of of the events, it tells the behind the scenes story we wouldnt have known and reminds us how little has changed in40 years.
I thought the directing treatment was excellent, the acting... More ok, given the high power cast, but a should see movie.Hide
Estevez actually did a great job with Bobby, in specific the effect I enjoyed the most was a brilliant insight on Estevez’s part, using reel footage from 1968 and integrating it into the movie, not just adding it in as filler for the story but making it another character in itself.
An example of which is using reel footage of one of the wounded and panning up from the leg of... More a wounded man onto the present day “Bobby” footage of the character in the same position, done seamlessly he really pulls it off.
Obviously Kennedy couldn’t be in the movie himself, but with the use of stock footage and a stand in, they managed to make it seem like he really was there.
A ridiculous amount of well known actors appear but in bit parts that seem to mainly act as packaging for a documentary that may not necessarily have gotten the attention it deserves without the celebrity draw cardHide
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