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Tom's Recommended Film of the Week


This week I saw a few very good movies, but it was Bobby, the Emilio Estevez writing, directing venture, which really struck an emotional cord with me. Estevez worked on writing this story for many years and the care he took shows in the finished film. Rather than showing us a typical bio-pic of Robert F. Kennedy, Estevez chose to display the impact of Bobby's life through the lives of an array of people intersecting at the Ambassador Hotel the day RFK was assasinated in 1968.

Excellent writing and an outstanding cast including Anthony Hopkins, Harry Belafonte, Helen Hunt, Elijah Wood, Sharon Stone, William H. Macy, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Shia LaBeouf, Ashton Kutcher, Christian Slater, Martin Sheen and Freddy Rodriguez among others, propel this film into a higher realm. The cast, the writing and the historical impact of the event are what make this film well worth watching.

This really was a turning point in American history, as all the larger than life leaders were taken from us in those few short years, leaving ordinary visionaries to carry on the good causes at the grass roots level. Bobby represents well, the feelings of the times and the void left behind by the loss of a great man. An enjoyable film with emotional impact.