Director: Emilio Estevez
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Christian Slater,
Helen Hunt, Laurence Fishburne, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore,
Martin Sheen, Elijah Wood, Sharon Stone, Freddy Rodriguez,
Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Shia LaBeouf, Jacob Vargas, Brian
Geraghty, Joshua Jackson, Joy Bryant, Svetlana Metkina, Kip
RunTime: 1 hr 56 mins
Released By: GV
Official Website: http://www.bobby-the-movie.com/
"BOBBY" Soundtrack Review
Day: 25 January 2007
revisits the night Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the
Ambassador Hotel in 1968. With an incredible ensemble cast
portraying fictionalized characters from a cross-section of
America, the film follows 22 individuals who are all at the
hotel for different purposes but share the common thread of
anticipating Kennedy's arrival at the primary election night
party, which would change their lives forever.
Here we have another drama about people, about how
different lives intersect in the most amazing and coincidental
you have seen this somewhere before? Yes, Paul Haggis’
Crash (2004) interweaved several stories in Los Angeles to
create an uplifting drama about racism in America. Todd Field’s
Little Children (2006) brings four lonely urbanites together
to tell a depressing story about breaking free. And Alejandro
Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel (2006) stretches across three
countries to bring a powerful human drama to life.
Emilio Estevez outdoes all of them and manages to narrate
the tales of not 10, not 20, but a whopping grand total of
22 people in this movie. And his characters do not go further
than the premises of a hotel. To add impact to the plot, U.S.
senator Robert F. Kennedy will cross these people’s
paths in a way they’d never have imagined.
by archive footage of the assassinated candidate, this emotional
drama takes a look at how 22 vastly different characters lived
on the fateful day of 6 June 1968. Rekindled hope, shattered
dreams, uncontrollable angst and new optimism are just some
of the sentiments that bring these people together in the
are engagingly enacted on screen by its respectable ensemble
of cast which includes the always reliable Sir Anthony Hopkins
as an ageing reputable hotel manager, the youthful Lindsay
Lohan and Elijah Wood as a hopeful engaged couple, Helen Hunt
and Martin Sheen as an old couple looking for new sparks in
their lives, Sharon Stone and William H. Macy as a sad dysfunctional
couple and Demi Moore and Estevez himself as a failed couple
who cannot face each other to trash out their problems.
include the always upright Laurence Fishburne as a noble kitchen
staff, the very likeable Freddy Rodriguez as a racially conflicted
employee and the unrecognizable Ashton Kutcher as a cool hippie.
it is an amazing cast which any director would die for.
this might also be the problem of this 116-minute feature
which attempts to deal with too many storylines at one go.
The unbalanced storytelling fails to engage the viewers fully,
despite the wonderful performances by the actors. In the end,
the relationship developments are unable to come across effectively,
with the intertwining stories happening on screen with mere
one flaw aside, this picture still gets credit for going the
extra mile to bring out themes of unnecessary violence and
bloodshed in contemporary times. This is aided by the poignant
historical footages of the deceased senator and his countrywide
appropriate score by Mark Isham (Crash, The Black Dahlia)
and the unflinching cinematography by Michael Barrett (Kiss
Kiss Bang Bang, Goal!) also help to enhance the viewing experience.
we already know, everyone loves a well-meaning movie like
this. It is no wonder that Estevez was awarded with a Biografilm
Award at the Venice Film Festival last year.
the ambitious uneven development of characters, you will still
enjoy this movie, especially during its final sequence where
the inevitable happens. You’d hear the delivery of Kennedy’s
speech which affectingly draws this sincere production to
is where you realize how human race has sadly not progressed
since those turbulent years of 1960s.
(A good-natured drama with a wonderful ensemble that needs
you to overlook its flaws)
Review by John Li