I'm completely lost at what I just witnessed, which to me felt like an over bloated, self aware and by the numbers attempt at a film that could and should have packed a lot more punch than it did. For those of you unaware of Robert Kennedy, the senator who ran for presidency after his brother John was assassinated. He was a symbol of hope, during a time of crisis in America, he posed a threat to the war in Vietnam, Racism and a whole bunch of continual problematic issues that still to this day occur within the country and indeed the world. On the night of his election, as he looks set to win by a landslide, Robert Kennedy was gunned down after a speech he gave at the Ambassador Hotel, dying hours later from his injuries. Bobby, directed and written by Emilio Estavez, attempts to recapture the times, the mood and the politics leading up to the atrocious night by first of all casting every actor in Hollywood to portray visitors, workers and the senators aids who were all there that night and secondly ramming far too much thematic content in that we ultimately dont resonate with 75% of it. Bobby stars, now take a deep breath, Emilio Estavez, William H Macy, Martin Sheen, Freddy Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Lawrence Fishbourne, Anthony Hopkins, Shia La Bouff, Asthon Kutcher, Demi Moore, Harry Belfonte, Heather Graham, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Sharon Stone, Christian Slater, Elijah Wood, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Scoot McNairney in what was either the biggest favour pull in cinematic history, or one of the most expensive misfires in cinematic history. For the most part, every one of these actors just come across as themselves, lending absolutely nothing in the way of character, there are a few exceptions, however all those exceptions all come from the one grouping of people, the kitchen staff, Lawrence Fishbourne, Freddy Rodriguez and Christian Slater all shine through with not only the best performances but easily the most heartfelt moments of the entire movie. The writing in these scenes just get it, it fits the tone, the spectacle and the cultural dividence of the time. Sadly they have to make way for the other members of the cast who do such a wonderful job you have no idea what anyone is called... There are a couple of nice moments here and there, the couple who are getting married just so the male doesnt have to go to war, Anthony Hopkins who's live is at such a loose end he continually spends all his time at work in order to find happiness, or even the alcoholic singer, whose husband has given up on her, but these moments are never handled with any great care or depth, thats because this film tries to shoe horn every aspect in and no heart. Honestly I have literally just finished watching the film and have no idea what any of the characters are called, that should tell you how over bloated this film is. It's writing isnt particularly memorable either, yet again for the most part the dialogue seems forced and in parts completely not needed. However whenever the film takes place in the kitchen we see magical sparks start to fly, I'm actually surprised the entire film didnt take place from the Kitchens point of view, it would have instantly sky rocketed in emotional power and weight. Instead we are treated to an insecure couple shopping for shoes, 2 kids high on LSD and random other acts that could have taken place in any film. Its not atrocious, its all shiny and looks pretty darn good. It also manages to emulate the time period pretty accurately in terms of asthetics and feel but who cares how a film looks if its content is not there. I'm also a big believer in trying not to use archival footage meshed in with film, why, because it devalues what is going on, you instantly look at it and go well thats real so what I'm watching is not, plus in modern day films, documenting historical events, the archival footage is always dates and doesnt sit well within the film, here Archival footage takes over and it does it, so much so that Emilio cant and wont even cast an actor as Bobby himself, whats the point, the film is clearly about him and the impact he made on peoples lives, at least give him a meaty performance from a decent actor. You wont exactly wont to gouge your eyes out after watching this as it does have some good moments but it is so over bloated, so forceful and criminally does no justice to the man in which is wishes to do so with. a huge misfire and one that a lot of stars clearly will brush aside from their CV.