Monday, May 7, 2018

A look at John Travolta in "Gotti"

It seems for awhile now, there has been a John Gotti movie in some sort of development. As far back as I can remember, John Travolta was signed on to play the prolific gangster. For anybody who doesn't pay much attention to criminal history, John Gotti rose to be the leader of one of New York City's powerful crime families in the 1980's. The Five Families of New York were shrouded in tradition and secrecy, and once Gotti got into power, he didn't play by the same rules. He smiled in his mug shots, he showed off his expensive clothes and possessions. He became known as "The Teflon Don" and "The Dapper Don" because of it. He was dangerous, he was powerful, but at the same time came off harmless. He got tons of attention from the media, which the other families hated.

So of course, John Travolta is playing him. It honestly makes so much sense.

It looks like John Travolta may be revitalizing his career for the second time. Which is fine by me, I love John Travolta. I always have. He brings something unique to his movies, and his style is addicting. Even in the movies where he is totally overacting, like say "From Paris With Love," he still creates something that is worth watching. I can't wait to see what he does as Gotti. I only worry because there is not much that is unique about the gangster movie. If you've seen one, you've seen them all and I think gangster movies have really said all that they need to have said already. What can director Kevin Connolly do differently that will make this one stick its landing? We'll have to wait and see.

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