No, this post isn't about "King of the Hill" and unfortunately it won't feature phrases like "Dammit Bobby!" or mention anything about propane gas.
What it is about, is Emilio Estevez's latest film, "Bobby,"
which tells the story of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy's assassination on June 6th, 1968. The plot centers around 22 people staying in Ambassador Hotel whose lives were linked together the moment he was killed."Bobby"
has one of the largest ensemble casts I've ever seen - as if Estevez substituted himself in for Kevin Bacon during a game of "Six Degrees Of..."
and found every connection to himself, tested the strength and stability of those connections, and hustled those closest into working for him.
Here's some of cast, who Emilio may or may not have bribed or threatened with blackmail: Harry Belafonte, Nick Cannon, Laurence Fishburne, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson (Mighty Ducks Reunion!)
, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LeBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen (Thanks Dad!)
, Christian Slater, Elijah Wood - YOU GET THE PICTURE.
This movie was wonderful - the real footage of RFK inserted into the film was haunting at times, causing me to shiver from the chills running up my spine. To see Kennedy there, in context, and then compare it to the world that we live in now - it was quite something. I think if I could live in another time period I'd be pretty damn tempted to be born in the '50s so I could experience rock and roll, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr, Vietnam, LSD, RFK - that would be insane.
I think I'd definitely be a protester more than likely, putting flowers in the mouths of M-16s and chanting for equality. Eh, maybe I'd just do PCP or LSD sugar cubes and grow in my personal relationship to God.
Anyway, while not as stirring as Oliver Stone's "JFK," "Bobby" is a poignant reminder of another mindless American tragedy. Several times the film echoes this emptiness with lines of dialogue that suggest, "Now that Dr. King is gone, Bobby's all we got." Emilio forces us to ask ourselves, "Now that Bobby is gone... what do we have?"
Some people may complain that "Bobby" has too many subplots and none of them focus too tightly on the senator, but I believe that's the point. You're seeing the tragedy through their eyes and by getting immersed in their lives, it's all the more earth-shattering when the assassination takes place.
Freddy Rodriguez and Laurence Fishburne steal the show - their moments on screen together were my absolute favorite. Rodriguez is becoming one of my favorite actors. I'm keeping this short and sweet by saying that I definitely recommend this movie, but if you haven't seen "JFK" then goddammit will you please do the world a favor and see it immediately?