Gotti (2018)

No matter how bad a movie is, there will always be someone who enjoys it. The same sure cannot be said about Gotti, as I've read (too) many reviews about it and not a single one was positive. To be more specific, it was described by every single one of them as the worst film of 2018. Of course, this made me curious to see how bad it is and, against everybody's suggestion, I watched it. 

The film is a biopic-pic about New York City mobster John Gotti (John Travolta), who got started in the Gambino crime family in his early teens and quickly worked his way up to become one of the most powerful and dangerous crime bosses in America.

I can't be any more accurate than this with the film's plot as it's hard, if not impossible to tell what the film's plot even is. Actually, I'm not even sure there's one as most of the film is a very tedious, dull summary of John Gotti's life, while the rest is some sort of "John Gotti son is a saint and the prosecutors only wasted public money to bring him down because of his father's crimes" kind of story.

The lack of a focus isn't the worst part though, the storytelling is. I guess the producers didn't agree on how to tell the story so they went with narration, Gotti's, fourth-wall breaks —this is when it tries to be Goodfellas, but while in Scorsese's film it was effective as it shows Henry's detachment to reality, in here it's just annoying as hell—, flashbacks and flashforwards. The result? A confusing and frustrating mess.

Another of Gotti's many issues lays in its characters. First of all, the film submerges us into the Gotti family drama right away, when we know absolutely nothing about the characters and therefore we don't care about them. Second, the characterization is all wrong. I'm pretty sure the Gotti family somehow funded this film, otherwise, how would you explain John Gotti Senior being portrayed as a family man, a faithful husband, a role model of a father, with no vices whatsoever  —I'm having a hard time believing he didn't like alcohol nor cocaine.

Same goes with the son, John Gotti Junior. He is portrayed as an innocent man, a victim of his environment who couldn't help but become the man he became. Which is not entirely true as Gotti Jr. said in an interview that he was in the street life because his father was in it, that if his father one day woke up and decided to leave that world to become a butcher, he would have followed him. Also, this made me realise how much the film fails to deliver on the father-and-son relationship.

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The acting fits the terrible script like a glove as the only thing Travolta's brilliant performance in American Crime Story has in common with his in here is the arrogance displayed by the character, and Spencer Lofranco, other than being miscast as Gotti Jr., gives an amateurish performance. The rest of the cast is just as bad as they all deliver amateurish and over-the-top performances.

And pretty much everything else about Gotti is terrible. The cinematography is amateurish at best and so is the editing —many cuts and transitions feels weird and don't always make a lot of sense. The music is atrocious as none of the tracks works decently in their scene. Not to mention that at times, mostly because of the weird and out-of-place music, it feels like watching a parody. An unfunny one.

I haven't seen much of Kevin Connolly's acting —He's Just Not That into You is probably the only movie of his I've seen, and I never watched Entourage— but he should probably stick to that because directing clearly isn't for me. I don't know what he thought he was doing, but he sure wasn't directing.

9 comments :

  1. Non l'ho visto... per fortuna, direi a questo punto! Il fatto è che anch'io avevo letto cose terribili, e dato che in questo periodo i film fa vedere sono talmente tanti l'ho sempre evitato. Per me, finora, il peggior film dell'anno rimane "Notti Magiche" di Virzì, ma sono curioso di fare il confronto con "Gotti"!

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  2. I've heard so many awful things about it as it opens with "New York is da best fucking city in da world" and it has a lot of bad music by Pitbull that is historically inaccurate to the times. Plus, so much other bullshit.

    John Travolta just needs to stop. It's obvious he isn't smart enough to pick the right material or with extremely talented people who are willing to challenge him. Instead, he latches on to those who try and please him while having no clue of how to make a film. Plus, I think he should really look himself in the mirror realize that he is getting older and he's not looking better. The boys aren't going to dance with him anymore because they have no time to dance with an aging old queen who refuses to come out of the closet like that aging rock star Paul Stanley of KISS.

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    1. Sadly, Pitbull's music isn't the worst part of it.

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  3. This movie looks so bad. I'm also kind of curious to see just how bad it is too. Maybe if it ever comes on TV.

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    1. That's the only reason I watched it, I needed to see how bad it was lol

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  4. Wasn't this thing an absolute mess? It made no sense! I agree, pretty much everything about this movie is terrible. A great exercise in what NOT to do when making a film.

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  5. My, this sounds bad. Really bad. I think I have to see it, now.

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