welcome to lobos reviews

title image

Movie Review: Bobby

Alternate Title: The Day the Music Died

Story: In many minds, June 4, 1968 was the day the music died. It was the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in LA. It was the night he won the California primary. Would he have gone on to win the election against Nixon? There is no doubt in my mind he would have beaten Nixon - and the rest is history, as they say.

Directed and written by Emilio Estevez who tries very hard to be Altmanesque in his tribute to the Senator. He features stories about people in and around the hotel that infamous day employing over 20 cameo performances. From Kennedy campaign workers, celebrities, high rollers, has-been's, wanna-be's, draft dodgers, LSD trippers and workers in the hotel's kitchen to everyone else in between. Are there too many stories? Absolutely. Do we care about these imaginary people who represent the shtick of the time? Well, yes and no. I found the stories about the kitchen employees very compelling and everyone else to be trite.

Thankfully he does not use an actor to portray RFK. He is seen through the many film clips of the day. His images, passion, ideas and words are very stirring. Every time we returned to the scripted story I was angry. I really just wanted to see more about RFK.

So does the film work at all? If you are a political junkie like me and crave films that try to be thoughtful and have a point of view than you should check this one out.

Acting: Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under) was terrific as one of the busboys. His scenes with veteran actor Laurence Fishburne were the most compelling. , Demi Moore and Sharon Stone are two of my least favorite actresses. They appeared in a scene together that made me nauseous. Christian Slater, Martin Sheen, Helen Hunt, Emilio Estevez, Linday Lohan, Elijah Wood, William H. Macy, Heather Graham, Nick, Cannon, Joshua Jackson, Shia Labeouf, Brian Geraghty, Ashton Kutscher, Martin Sheen, Anthony Hopkins and Harry Belefonte all had story lines and were more than adequate with the material they had to work.

Predilection: The first vote I ever cast was for RFK when he ran for Senator from New York.

Critters: A dog and a cat.

Food: Pasta and blueberry cobbler had big cameos.

Soundtrack: Some good tunes throughout.

Opening Titles: Except for a small intro about when and where - all titles are at the end. Not one person in the audience moved throughout the end credits because there were some still photos of all of the young Kennedy's that we all enjoyed and wept while watching.

Theater Audience: Surprisingly crowded.

Weather: It was LA in June. It was sunny and nice.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I was anxious the whole time not wanting to relive the assassination by 24 year old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan.

Drift Factor: I looked at my watch when some of the character's stories lingered too long.

Tissue Usage: I wept like a baby.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.