The film will reveal the relationship of a father who lived and died by the mob code and a son who, while brought up to lead a life of crime, chose to leave that world behind and redeem himself and the Gotti name. Never before has there been such an inside look at the Gotti family and their world of danger, betrayal and redemption. John Gotti was head of the Gambino crime family, which in its time was the largest and most powerful crime organization in the country. Known as the "Dapper Don," John Gotti's flamboyant style and outspoken personality made him one of the most famous mobsters of the 20th century and he ruled the underworld until he died from cancer in 2002 while serving a life sentence. In 1988, at the age of 24, Gotti Jr. became a "made man," and was officially inducted into the Mafia, making him the heir-apparent to head the Gambino crime family and follow in his father's footsteps. But in 1999, Gotti Jr. paid a now-famous last visit to his imprisoned and dying father to ...Written by
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For a guy who started out as the boy in the plastic bubble...
Travolta does very well here.
He's done a lot, he's been in great films and lousy ones. He even made the Scientology movie "Battlefield Earth" amusing and watchable (but not great).
This is one of Travolta's best character roles ever. It's too bad that petty issues with Lion's Gate and other actors who got miffed delayed release, and, don't know what Rotten Tomatoes is thinking? This film has issues, but quality ain't one of them.
The issue that disturbed me was the non-linear story. But even Westworld uses that kind of storytelling. Why were Casino and Goodfella's widely praised for using the same kind of editing, but this film panned? Cos a new kid on the block directed this?
Is it the subject matter, is it Travolta? Fact is, this story has been told before, but not told as realistically as this. So I welcome this, and I highly enjoyed this film, as I usually do when so many people try to cram their derogatory opinion of it down my throat. Many of my favorite films were vindicated years later, upon being initially panned. And as much as I enjoyed Goodfellas and Casino, a lot of that had been fictionalized. But this film offers stark realism. This is stuff that happened, told by someone who saw it happen. This is as close to real as could be told.
This focuses as much on John A Gotti (played mostly by Spencer "Rocco" Lofranco) as it does on Travolta's Gotti. Stacey Keach materializes as "Neil Dellacroce" and sells the notion that his character is what really held the Gambino families in balance. Pruitt Taylor Vince from Watchmen, Identity, Mississippi Burning and Agents of Shield even is "Angelo Ruggiero", plays that sad figure to the hilt.
There is a lot of great character talent in this film, some great faces. I'm glad this story was finally told this way. And I'll bet if Scorsese had directed it, Rotten Tomatoes would have had a different verdict. But in fact,
Kevin Connolly did, and a good job of it.
Maybe the panning of this film was due to John A Gotti's own personal involvement? But how else to ensure that it would be told accurately?
And it appears that several actors that were considered for parts got miffed cos they didn't get the original parts offered. As far as complaints, there are no valid ones. Whining, there is whining about this film, but no actual critiques that are intelligent or thoughtful.
Which makes this film A-Plus in my book. Even a second viewing holds my interest, as did the first. I'm glad this was finally released.
And I'm sorry but I went through this review with a fine tooth comb and I don't see any spoilers in it, so I marking it back to no spoilers.
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