Starring John Travolta, Kelly Preston
Directed by Kevin Connolly
You got to admire John Travolta’s tenacity: He waited nearly a decade to make this passion project, the biopic of mafia boss John Gotti, with him in the starring role. It’s a pity he wasn’t passionate enough to round up the best collaborators who shared his vision.
(Remember Johnny’s last pet pursuit, the beyond-risible, still unwatchable Battlefield Earth?) Helmed by Kevin Connolly, better known as E on Entourage, Gotti is plain, plodding, patchy and interchangeable, a Franken-Movie put together with parts from Goodfellas, Scarface, and The Sopranos.
Come to think of it: Is this a mob movie or a mob-themed cosplay convention? Not exactly the prestige cinema it's made out to be; more like a late-night movie made for the Crime + Investigation Network. (**)
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