Tuesday, May 17, 2011

323. Bobby (2006)


We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others. We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge. Our lives on this planet are too short and the work to be done too great to let this spirit flourish any longer in our land. Of course we cannot vanquish it with a program, nor with a resolution. But we can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those who live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life; that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can. Surely, this bond of common faith, this bond of common goal, can begin to teach us something. Surely, we can learn, at least, to look at those around us as fellow men, and surely we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounds among us and to become in our own hearts brothers and countrymen once again.

Emilio Estevez directs a very interesting look at the last day of Robert F. Kennedy. Very interesting mainly for the fact that the film (aside from the voiceover above) never actually includes Bobby Kennedy in the movie that is essentially about him. In this manner, it is conveyed that it wasn't just a man who died on that day, but a movement. Even if you aren't interested in the story (you should be by the way), this movie is still a trip to see so many Hollywood stars in one place. It will come in really handy in 20 years when "6 degrees of Kevin Bacon" has been replaced by "6 degrees of Shia Lebeouf".

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