Gotti (2018) – So Bad It’s Bad

Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Director: Kevin Connolly
Writer: Leo Rossi, Lem Dobbs

You “Gotti” see this movie because it’s really one of the best mafia movies in 2018. In fact, this film is different from “so bad it’s good” belonging to Neil Breen or even Tommy Wiseau. But, this is a “so bad it’s bad” movie. It’s a new type of movie you don’t have to expect as much of it. Interestingly, the story behind this film was the part I like the most. There were dramas between critics and this film where they mock each other. On Rotten Tomatoes, this movie holds an approval rating of 0% based on 50 reviews. Metacritic alone provides a score of 24 out of 100 based on reviews of approximately 10 more critics.

But what exactly is this? The film by Kevin Connolly who cast as Eric Murphy from “Entourage” tells about what? So, this very proud film tells the story of the sequel from “Goodfellas”. Because of the fact, that’s how it was. So many things borrowed from that Martin Scorsese masterpiece considered one of the best mafia films of all time. Anyway, “Gotti” is about a story of a relationship from a father who lives as close as being a mobster. This film takes the viewpoint of his son who sees his father as the Gotti figure. It’s a story about betrayal, tragedy, irony, redemption, and danger. So sad, dude.

John Gotti is the head of the Gambino crime family, one of the biggest families of its time. In the 20th century, John Gotti, known as the Dapper Don, control the underworld until his death from cancer in 2002. Then in 1988, Gotti Jr. followed his father and being introduced to the world of the mafia at the age of 24. During his late father’s death, Gotti Jr. fighting with prison for several years to nine years, he was finally released in 2009.

Critics will say that “Gotti” borrows a lot, lots of iconic scenes like “The Godfather” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The merciful but cold and cruel nature of Don Corleone even sent a horse head to a producer after rejecting the request of one of his family members. Gotti, on the other hand, was played by John Travolta who was said to be an upside down actor. It means that he sometimes cast a role in bad and good films. You can call it like “Battlefield Earth” or also with “Pulp Fiction“. In this film, he plays John Gotti, a 1990s criminal boss.

In short, John Travolta became John Gotti accompanied by Kelly Preston and Spencer Tocco Lofranco as his wife and child. They lived in the middle of New York City, Gotti, to the peak of his career as a mafia king. But, what do they mean here? I don’t understand. Instead of Travolta’s Gotti climb the mafia ladder, this is nothing. There is nothing to deal with. There is no main plot, jumping here and there as they wish, an unclear point of view, and clichés you could get in thousands of other cliché films. Maybe, Connolly had a brilliant idea after watching “Goodfellas” and “The Godfather” or maybe “The Sopranos”, “The Wire”, or “Narcos”.

Dominick Suzanne-Mayer from Consequence of Sound quoted: “It’s hard to find an appropriate criterion to determine a quality biopic. However, “Gotti” is really far from it”. Also, I think in fact that this film deviates from everything about the mafia. There is no classic music like jazz. But instead, what we got here is our Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull. If this film is set in the 80s or 90s, why should you use modern pop music? He contributed a lot of greatest hits but don’t blame me, I’m not a fan of his music. And I also can’t immediately “like it” if the movie with such a theme will be combined with it. That is, if I think of John Gotti then I will automatically think of Pitbull, right?

Besides Pitbull, Connolly chose Jorge Gomez and Jacob Bunton as his composers. However, it will never change the fact that the most I hear here were Pitbull. Uninspiring cinematography even it’s awkward with strange editing. I would never have thought how Connolly put some footage in a totally different quality. Or, did I see it wrong? Misjudged? Or do I have to watch again? Sadly, Gotti is an overrated mobster who has even been repeatedly arrested by individuals. The miracle, he managed to get away from it was that easy. It’s just put Henry Hill to cheesy wiseguy or Tony Montana to babyface.

“Hey, see that movie about the spaghetti and meatballs you like so much?” Yeah, I see it. And it’s… pretty good. In my face, maybe? “Gotti” is stuck in a mafia wanna-be movie circle and a biopic that “ruins” the biography of John Gotti itself. It’s just a cliche movie but the actual case isn’t that. It’s best to focus on his life, history, and autobiography as seriously as possible. Not directly telling to the audience or jumping here and there. The acting is just like that, I think I would pass it. This film deserves more than anything. Critics attacked it and the film counter attacked the critics. Manipulate a review is not the answer. I better recommend you Shim Hyung-rae’s “The Last Godfather”.