A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
USA / English
"The heart is a lonely hunter.
"A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.
A Portrait from the Inside
Greetings again from the darkness. A good story overcomes many flaws
for a movie and this is a prime example. Inconsistent direction by
Shainee Gabel and a weak Cajun accent by John Travolta did not ruin
what I found to be very interesting subject matter. Although we never
see the local legend, Lorraine, her impact on this strange troupe of
characters is beyond question. Watching Scarlett Johansson's quest to
unlock her mother's mystique (and her own history) proved very
enjoyable for this viewer. Johansson's Purcy Will (named after a weed)
is both head strong and independent, while vulnerable and eager.
Travolta's iconic Bobby Long and the even-keeled Gabriel Macht are
nothing more than alcoholic shells of men who trade literature quotes
when Purcy pops into their lives. Much of this is predictable and the
flavor that is New Orleans plays a huge part of the feel of the film.
Although the novel was difficult to bring to the screen, and
improvements could have been made, this film should find an audience.
Johansson may a bit "old" for this role (at the ripe age of 20) but her
acting skills continue to grow and I love that she is always up for a
challenge. She should be fun to watch for years to come.
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