Gotti (not to be confused with the 1996 film of the same name starring Armand Assante) is a 2018 biographical film about New York City mobster John Gotti starring John Travolta in the lead role. Directed by Kevin Connolly, it was released on June 15, 2018.
The film talks about the life of mob boss John Gotti a.k.a. "The Teflon Don" and his son.
Why It Sucks
- The movie went through development hell, taking 8 years, 4 directors, and 44 producers to make, and the result is a mess.
- Bad writing:
- The movie is basically a large collection of mob movie clichés and doesn't try to do anything new with them.
- Incoherent plot, which basically consists of a number of barely-connected scenes just strung together.
- Overall, these problems make the film extremely boring.
- Poor pacing; scenes either drag out for too long, or pass too quickly.
- Despite how bad the real John Gotti was, the movie seems to portray him in a positive light.
- The movie's distributor likely tried to boost the movie's rating via review stuffing.
- The ad campaign for the film actually called out the detractors by calling them "trolls".
- Spence Lofranco was completely miscast as old John Gotti Jr, as the old person makeup applied to him was laughable.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- It had a potential for being a somewhat decent semi-biographical film about John Gotti.
Gotti was universally panned by critics and filmgoers, who lamented the writing, aesthetics and performances, although its use of makeup received some praise and received a rare 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the website's critical consensus reads, "Fuhgeddaboudit.", with a 24 out of 100 Metacritic score.
It was noted that a number of people noticed the large disparity between the critic and audience reviews (an 80% rating from audiences), and the abnormally high number of reviews. It was later noted most of the reviews were first-time reviewers, many of which had also reviewed American Animals, which was also owned by the movie's distributor, MoviePass.
- This was the final film to star Kelly Preston that was released in her lifetime before her death in 2020, nearly 2 years after the film's release.
- While the film was still in development, there were plans to have Al Pacino and Joe Pesci co-star in the film.