The International Writers
Directed by Emilio Estevez
Screenplay by Emilio Estevez
is Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The day is June 4th 1968
the date when Senator Kennedy was fatally shot in the kitchen
of L.A.'s Ambassador Hotel. And this picture tells the fictional
tale of the hotels occupants in the hours preceding the killing.
With a star-studded cast assembled, we find Demi Moore in the role of
a drunken diva, Martin Sheen as a depressed businessman alongside nervy
wife Helen Hunt, there is also Lindsay Lohan playing a young, idealistic
bride and the retired doorman comes in the form of Anthony Hopkins, adopting
a downright obscure American accent. (Incidentally, Hopkins also donned
the hat of producer on this film).
And that roll call of Hollywood is simply just skimming the surface of
the final credits. Heather Graham appears doing what she does best
taking her clothes off, Christian Slater arrives as a food manager with
a racist streak and Laurence Fishbourne gives an emotive performance as
a poetic chef dishing our words of wisdom, with his legendary puddings,
to fellow kitchen workers (Freddy Rodriquez and Jacob Vargas). However,
for me, one actress a certain Sharon Stone and believe me, Ive
never been a devoted fan offers a wonderful, carefully-observed
portrayal of a betrayed woman, shining brightly above many of her co-stars.
The creator of this film is none other than ex-eighties brat packer and
C-grade movie star, Emilio Estevez. Surprisingly, and I really mean surprisingly,
its an impressive, emotional piece of work from the son of Sheen.
Bearing in mind he was merely a small child when this event took place,
Estevez (taking on the minor character of Moores non-boozing husband)
brings an enlightened film to the screen and its blindingly
obvious Estevez revered RFK as an icon of our times.
Estevez, thankfully, realised that no actor could possibly take on the
role of Kennedy in front of a camera and so, instead of portraying him,
RFK stars as himself appearing via sixties television footage and
documentary clips. Cleverly interwoven with the story and scenes, this
master trick worked and RFKs presence is not undermined. The original
speeches and statements are replayed and Kennedys voice is heard
over and over again, bringing the ideals of his ill-fated campaign directly
to our attention.
Bobby is an ambitious project, and judging by the recent Oscar
nominations, isnt exactly overwhelming critics nor settling Tinsletown
on fire, but its certainly thought-provoking, poignant, and culminates
in a powerful, if quite moving, ending.
The film weaves a tapestry of unrelated characters and individual stories
to culminate in the devastating climax. This, together with an affecting
soundtrack and the original footage, certainly makes it not only an interesting
reminder of an era gone by, but it also resonates with world events today.
Messages of peace relevant in any decade come vividly come
to life and for that alone, its worth spending some time in the
company of Bobby.
© Sacha Markin Feb 2007
Writer and journalist
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