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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Let me ask you something. You're gonna put these good people in jail because they're proud of their country? Is that right? You got my lawyer on the phone? Standing by.
You got bail money? With interest. Send 'em up!
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The production run of Gotti went through a lot of turmoil and changes, which probably accounts for a lot of what this movie slipped on.
The entire film, especially the first two acts, felt like a deleted scenes reel from a different movie. Very few seemed like they were trying to convey the same plot as the one before or after it. It felt like a compilation of random moments rather than a cohesive timeline. The story didn't build at all, the pacing was mindless. The audience never got to know and care about the characters before the movie submerges them into their deep drama. The film seems to imply its events hold great importance but it never convinces you that there's any reason to care about them.
Most of this movie's issues are in the editing. This is some of the most amateur editing I've seen in theaters. Every conversation felt very unnatural with its pacing, and there was a good amount of cuts and transitions that felt very out of place and unintentionally artificial and weird. The visual effects could've been worse, but they were still very cartoon-ish.
Much of this movie felt like production pulled someone off the street and told them to make a Scorsese movie. It's just a bad impression of Goodfellas. It doesn't pull it off well at all, it feels very confused and unfocused.
The subtitles and narration were frustrating. It felt like production couldn't decide how exactly they were gonna tell this story, so they just went with narration, but also flash-forwards, but also subtitles, but also fourth-wall breaks- it was so confused and unnecessary. All of these elements were overdone and messy, almost like they started putting in effort and gave up halfway through. So much of what the film does with its presentation to help the audience understand is just confusing and frustrating.
There was a Pitbull song playing at a block party set in the late 1980s. Not over the scene like a soundtrack, but in the scene as if it was coming from a speaker. It was almost embarrassing. None of the music choices made sense and it always felt very interrupting and out of place.
John Travolta didn't do a necessarily bad job, but it was pretty inconsistent. In some scenes it felt believable and in some it felt like he was doing a bad SNL impression and reading off a teleprompter. No other performances stood out at all.
The movie did pick up more at the end, where it felt like it got a little bit of a grasp on which story it wanted to tell and how it wanted to present itself. It was still hard for positives to shine through how sloppy and amateur the whole movie felt.
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