Bobby

BBB.5

(out of 5)


It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the entire building abuzz with anticipation as guests await the arrival of America’s possible next president, Robert Kennedy. Throughout the day, this highly engrossing ensemble piece follows the lives of various characters, including two retired employees (, ), a young woman () marrying a high school friend () to save him from service in Vietnam, a doctor () with emotional problems vacationing with his wife () and the local beauty parlour manager () who is married to the general manager of the hotel (), who is himself having an affair with one of the switchboard operators (). Meanwhile, an alcoholic singer () is performing nightly in between some heavy bouts with her emotionally abused husband (writer-director , Moore’s real-life ex-husband). By the end of the day, however, this variety of characters will be bound by one single event after being together and witnessing (in some cases to a very dangerous degree) the assassination of the man who gave Americans hope that the war in Vietnam would be ended. Estevez outdoes himself with superb dialogue and some really rich characters, the performances of which make this film worth watching despite the fact that the plotting is too scattered and never finds any emotional anchor. Stone is a particular highlight, giving incredible depth in a performance that is easily the film’s finest, while Moore does her best work in years and  and  do some fine acting as exploited kitchen staff. Other performances hit false notes, including very weak turns by and as Kennedy’s campaign managers, but overall the experience is a positive one. How Moore didn’t snap her neck holding up those giant punch-bowl hairpieces is enough to hold your fascination for two hours.


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USA, 2006

Directed by

Screenplay by Emilio Estevez

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2006, Venice 2006


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Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“Never Gonna Break My Faith”, music and lyrics by Bryan Adams, Eliot Kennedy, Andrea Remanda)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Independent Films

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Bobby

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