Sunday, July 8, 2018
Gotti: The Noble Thug
Poor John Gotti. All he wanted was to be a good family man. A good husband, father, and crime boss. But alas, those pesky Feds just wouldn't leave him alone.
In this new, revisionist history take on the head of the Gambino crime family, Gotti, brought to us by a terrific John Travolta, is a warm, and even a bit fuzzy, gangster. Oh sure he ordered some hits over the years. But they were all bad guys, who had it coming.
We never see him shaking down small store owners, forcing them to fork over their hard-earned money. But we do hear him expounding on "principles" and "rules" as if he were an ethics professor. And when he utters the words "cosa nostra," which he does often, it's with the reverence a priest reserves for the good Lord.
The Movie Slut sends out a big, fat thank you to Travolta, who made this otherwise unbearable retelling of history an almost pleasure.