Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Apr 2017)
Brief Synopsis – Fictional ensemble tale of the diverse group of people that were at the Ambassador Hotel on the night Bobby Kennedy was assassinated.
My Take on it – This is the kind of film that I have been meaning to watch for years and wanted to like it so much more than it truly deserves to be liked.
The cast is amazing and it’s quite easy to declare this film as one of the films with the best cast ever.
The problem is that despite having such an amazing ensemble cast, each character has so little to say or do because it feels so crowded.
Each of the short stories are fine but not much happens to any of them until the finale of the film where they all come together.
While watching this film, I felt as if I was playing ‘spot the star’ as more and more recognizably famous people popped up.
I have a lot of respect for Emilio Estevez as a director and he has directed a total of 5 films in his career. The first two Wisdom (1986) and Men at Work (1990) weren’t so great, but his other two films The War at Home (1996) and The Way (2010) are both superb. This film falls somewhere in the middle.
The idea of this film is much better on paper than it’s execution would make it seem yet the gravitas of the iconic day in history depicted here (for numerous reasons) helps make this film more enjoyable and intriguing to watch because it is so compelling.
Bottom Line – Type of film that I wanted to like much more than it deserves. Amazingly talented cast is great here despite the storylines being quite tedious. The amount of known stars here make it seem like we are playing a game of “how many famous people can we spot along the way.” I like Estevez as a director and the idea here is so much better than the actual execution yet the gravitas of the iconic day in history (for numerous reasons) makes this quite a compelling film to watch. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In many ways writer-director Emilio Estevez felt that he was fated to make this movie all of his life. Just six years old when Robert F. Kennedy died, Estevez vividly remembers that night through a child’s eyes – and seeing the horrific announcement that the Senator had been shot on television, and rushing to awaken his father, actor Martin Sheen, a long-time Kennedy supporter, with the shocking news. Soon after that, Sheen took his son to visit the spot where Robert F. Kennedy had delivered his final speech at the Ambassador Hotel, a heartfelt, impromptu call for American unity and action in the face of escalating rifts and violence. Estevez recalled: “I remember my dad holding my hand as we wandered through those grand halls and I remembered my father talking about what we had lost.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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