Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci is an incredible film…for its first two acts, sadly stumbling in its third, grounding to an almost halt as it begins to wrap up.
The history of the Gucci family was one I knew very little about. Gucci is, to me, the most desirable brand in the world (at least it’s old stuff anyway) and thus the history behind it was always going to fascinate me. It’s this history that creates a rather compelling story, showing the history of Gucci and how power can take over one’s mind.
Yet, despite the dark murder, there’s a joyful campiness to House of Gucci that’s enhanced by its rather brilliant performances. There’s a quote on Rotten Tomatoes “Jared Leto is easily the worst part of the movie. He derails every scene he’s in, like a Mario brother from hell.” While I can see why many will think that, and the quote honestly made me laugh a lot, for me it’s the opposite. Jared Leto inhabits the role, completely taking over the role of Paolo Gucci and making it his own.
His fun eccentric attitude stood out to me and while he’s ultimately an odd choice in the role, it makes for a ‘so bad its good’ feeling to the film that ultimately won me over. Nevertheless, House of Gucci is full of powerhouse performances. Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci and Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci are great within, but it’s the two leads Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani that make this film what it is. Their chemistry alongside one another is perfect and the performances they give within, watching their marriage build and implode is something truly special.
Ultimately, House of Gucci is a movie about a family at war with itself. Watching this dynasty fall was mesmerising and while there are some pacing problems, and the fake Italian accents are rather hilarious, it’s a film that worked rather well for me and benefited from Ridley Scott’s fine directorial touch. It’s got it’s fair share of problems but overall, House of Gucci doesn’t fall like it’s namesakes.
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