“Bobby” director Emilio Estevez tells GQ that “the pundits are going to have a field day with me. You want me to write the headline? Having dealt with Martin Sheen for seven years on ‘The West Wing,’ now we gotta deal with his son.'”
Expect many commentators to look at how the movie melds the interlocking lives of a group of Ambassador Hotel guests and workers into the real events surrounding the RFK assassination. The structure may be ala Robert Altman, but even Estevez has said, perhaps half jokingly, that it is more Irwin Allen.
In GQ, writer Tom Carson deconstructs the film and concludes that Estevez’s “‘political movie’ has no interest in actual politics. He doesn’t have a clue how to relate his made up characters’ private travails to Kennedy’s odyssey except by the osmosis of physical proximity, and he’s not about to get into mucky, complicated topics like the antagonism between RFK and Eugene McCarthy that kept the Democratic Party’s antiwar wing in disarray. No, no: In an almost wondrously simpleminded way, all he wants to tell us is that this was the martyrdom of a saint.”
Those mixed opinions are echoed by New York Observer’s Ron Rosenbaum, who rather than review the pic looks at why Sirhan Sirhan’s motives for shooting RFK have been obscured in the movie, and, for that matter, in history.