We are ´┐ 1/2 1/2fans´┐ 1/2 1/2? of mob stories. True crime shows. History kind of shows. We watch a ton of them and have probably seen just about every documentary and docudrama ever made on the mob. I´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)m also a fan of John Travolta. Since welcome back Kotter days.
If you are looking for blood and gore there isn´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)t too much in the way of horrible awful blood and brains but they do enough of a job so you get the idea. I think this is probably one of the best movies I´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)ve watched in a long time. Don´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)t believe the stories about the lovefest for the Gotti family some have said this was. I think it´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)s basically from John Gotti´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)s perspective and has the highlights from big events in his life both in and out of the mob. The end has him telling his son to show the court system what a real man is and I think he does.
We aren´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)t Italian. We aren´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)t remotely close to that lifestyle. We don´┐ 1/2 1/2(TM)t think Gotti was a god. We think he was a human. A father. A husband. I think John Travolta nailed it. He should be proud of his portrayal. Some of his best work yet. Right up there with pulp fiction imho.
If you get a chance watch it. It was worth it.
Well, that ain't true, this movie sucks shit.
Original Score: 0/infinity
Edited in a blender, this laughably bad biopic of the notorious John Gotti was mired in development hell over the last decade with something like 4 different directors and countless rewrites. The final product is an absolute mess of extremely violent spurts punctuating a boring series of clunky framing devices and Goodfellas-style narration. This is all exacerbated by an incomprehensible plot that would only make sense to someone who has intimate knowledge of Gotti's biography. John Travolta is on a full-boar ham-page chewing scenery and milking his hyperbolic Brooklyn accent rivaled only in its inauthenticity by Little Italy. There's so much unnecessary cursing in the dialogue it would make a sailor in a David Mamet play blush. Then Pitbull does the main theme, if that's any indication of the poor decisions being thrown about in this catastrophic love letter to a horrible criminal.
To be short here, Gotti is a watered down biopic that offers no insight nor thrill of the life that the Teflon Don had, I want my hour and a half back,