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Plot: A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother. Runtime: 119 mins Release Date: 08 Oct 2004
This is one of the most gratifying films I have seen in a long time. It has distinct characters, a thoroughly engaging story, beautiful cinematography, and wonderful performances. John Travolta has not performed like this in years. It reminded me of what a great actor he is when he really puts his mind to it. Scarlett Johannson is better than she has ever been because this is the juiciest role she has played to date and she does it flawlessly. Gabriel Macht who I was unaware of gives a wonderful performance as well. The music is amazing. I heard they're trying to rush a soundtrack out. <more>
If you want to be captivated and moved with a few laughs in between, go see this movie.
Broken Hopes and Broken Lives: A Study of New Orleans (by gradyharp)
For those who have read Ronald Everett Capps' novel 'Off Magazine Street' and savor the slow, lugubrious, decadent pattern of life in the poor section of New Orleans, then Screenwriter/Director Shainee Gabel's transformation of those ideas into A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG will certainly satisfy. Though Gabel has manipulated characters names and identification to fit her sensitive interpretation of Capps' story into a visual manifestation, the changes are sound and serve to make this remarkably fine low budget film a humid, alcoholically lethargic slice of New Orleans as <more>
viable as, say, Tennessee Williams. There is a captured ambiance of the South complete with decay, shanties, intermittent rain, and aimless broken lives that sets a fine stage for a rather minimal story.Purslane Hominy Will Scarlett Johansson is a young high school dropout living in trailer park trash in Florida with a low class boyfriend Lee Clayne Crawford when she learns of her mother Lorraine's death in New Orleans. Though she hasn't seen or heard from her obese, druggie, songwriter mother in years, she wants to attend her funeral and strikes out for New Orleans.Arriving on the doorstep of her mother's rundown, rotting house, she discovers Bobby Long John Travolta , an unkempt drunk who once was an English professor in a college in Alabama but fell into oblivion and alcohol when he lost his wife and family. He is living in filth with Lawson Pines Gabriel Macht who, as Bobby's teaching assistant whom Bobby has deemed gifted, has followed Bobby to write Bobby's biography - a work in progress that has stalemated in favor of alcoholism and disillusionment. Pursey hears that Booby and Lawson were Lorraine's closest friends she had invited them to flop in her shabby house, entertained by their low key scholasticism and literature quoting , and that Lorraine had willed her home to the three of them.Pursey moves in reluctantly - she has nowhere else to go - and immediately is at odds with her 'roommates'. Likewise Bobby and Lawson resist Pursey's presence and insist she 'get a life' by returning to high school, making use of her obvious intellect. The verbal sparing that eventually leads the three to find a sense of family lays the foundation for the predictable conclusion.That is the simplicity of the tale - if it is storyline that is important to you. Gabel's distillation of Capps' novel is in the atmosphere she creates with these gifted actors. Bobby may be a drunk but he is the spokesman for a neighborhood of sad broken lives. The world is confined to the street that contains the local bar, churches, and graveyards - each of varying importance but all drenched in humidity and frequent rains and alcohol and aimless living. The local bar is tended by Georgiana Deborah Kara Unger with whom Lawson is having a strained affair. The folk who gather at Bobby's literature-spouting soirees include gardener Cecil Dane Rhodes , Junior David Jensen , to mention only a few well-defined characters. That anyone could alter the ennui in the way Pursey changes things is a minor miracle.The minimal music score by Grayson Capps is atmospheric as are the off-screen comments and quotations of great literature of TS Eliot, Robert Frost, WH Auden et al. The cinematography by Eliot Davis is properly claustrophobic and decadent in atmosphere. And while some feel the movie is too long for the minimal story, the length and pacing are in keeping with the traditions and the literature of the South and for this viewer it works exceedingly well.Travolta, Johansson, Macht, and Unger give multifaceted, highly sensitive performances. As for Shainee Gabel whose only other film was the controversial 'Anthem' here is a writer and director to watch. The DVD contains some excellent deleted scenes and one of the more informative 'making of' segments with Gabel, Travolta, Johansson, Macht, and Rhodes speaking with quiet eloquence. Highly recommended.
This may be one of john travolta's finest acting roles. The critic reviews were lukewarm, and it seems the movie wasn't released in many theaters for people to see, which is a shame. This is a gem of a film. It takes place in new orleans and follows the lives of three unlikely roommates. Two drunken men living in a dilapidated house of a dead woman, and the woman's estranged only daughter who comes to claim her inheritance-a third of the house. With no place to go, the three stay together under the same roof and a friendship somehow grows, like grass through a sidewalk crack. Well <more>
acted, and well directed, there are times the pace of the film seems to slacken but it doesn't take away from the story being told. All in all, one of my favorite films no one saw this year.
Terms of Endearment in a Trailer Park (by asbufra)
I really liked this movie. It is about among other things the forgiveness needed to be part of a family and people who drink beer for breakfast, a perfect combination. I was expecting to be bored and was happy to be entertained. A few good laughs, a few moments close to tears, some lovely scenery, and it made me think. What more can you ask for in a movie? The surprise ending seemed to me to be unimportant as so many things were resolved before. John Travolta was great as Bobby Long. I do have a question, does anyone beside me assume that Lawson Pines and Bobby Long were gay? It is New <more>
Orleans after all. not that there is anything wrong with that . They should release this movie to more theaters.
At the beginning you don't think you'll get too much involved with the characters. They all appear to be selfish individuals lost in their own needs and emotions. But soon you notice they have much to share, with each other and with the spectator. It's a subtle and delicate story with some surprises. In fact, there are some sudden changes in the story which could have been more slowly explored, in order to assure you get every meaning on its place. However, if you let yourself get involved with the characters' dramas, it'll make your eyes tearful at the end. Good music and <more>
good picture complete the worth-a-while status for this film.
A real surprise. This is a movie that will stay with you for a long time. The performances from all 3 of the actors are inspiring. John Travolta lights up the screen in every scene he is in.The soundtrack adds so much texture and feeling to the picture. And it is a surprise to see a pre-Katrina New Orleans.The atmosphere in this movie reminded me of Midnight in the Garden of Evil. In both cases they captured the special uniqueness and character of the cities.The pace is slower and more relaxed, which goes a long way in capturing the atmosphere of New Orleans.I highly recommend this movie.
Worth Your Time (by marygreen25)
Reviews for "A Love Song for Bobby Long" are falling in the range from terrible to fantastic. My vote is closer to the fantastic end. The movie gets off to a slow start, but starts to work about a quarter into the film. The story unfolds at a slow pace; fitting for its locale. The character development for the three main characters Travolta, Johansson and Macht is well-woven into the story. Each character is flawed and through a series of events overcomes their problem. That to me is interesting movie-making. No storyline or subplot was left hanging at the end. Maybe I was tired, <more>
but I didn't see the end of the movie coming in the first five minutes as one comment stated. This movie is worth your time.
This is a movie about two alcoholics. One middle-aged and the other on his way to that age. It's difficult to say which company they prefer, the bottle or each other.Than the young girl arrives and shakes their world. You've seen that theme many times in movie history, but this is for once done in a very intelligent way. Gabriel Macht is very good and Scarlett Johansson, the greatest talent of her young generation, too. But Travolta is probably doing the part of his life so far. Travolta is now a character actor, if anyone is.American movies don't always tell about these kind of <more>
losers in such a sympathetic way. But this one does. The end is sentimental, but never mind. The ride towards that is really worth seeing.
A Bitter Tale of Love, Friendship and Synergy of Invisible People (by claudio_carvalho)
In Florida, the teenager Purslane Hominy Will Scarlett Johansson is lately informed by her mate that her mother passed away. She returns to her hometown, New Orleans, for the funeral and decided to live in her mother's house. However, she finds that the completely decayed house has two drunken dwellers: the former English professor Bobby Long John Travolta and his former assistant Lawson Pines Gabriel Macht , who has unsuccessfully been trying to write a book about the life of Bobby Long for nine years. She decides to share the place living together with them and after their initial <more>
difficult relationship, they disclose deep secrets and improve their lives."A Love Song for Bobby Long" is a bitter tale of love, friendship and synergy of invisible people. With many citations of important writers, the dramatic story has excellent lines and is very positive, with good messages and a well resolved conclusion. The irregular John Travolta and always perfect Scarlett Johansson are splendid in the role of broken, suffered and hopeless characters, and the story is never corny. The music score with typical blues, songs and bands from New Orleans completes this surprisingly good movie. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Uma Canção de Amor Para Bobby Long" "A Love Song for Bobby Long"