House of Gucci hype train and stellar cast deserved way more than what Director Ridley Scott gave them. Disappointing.
Putting it out there, MGM should be super thankful for Lady Gaga and her fanbase for any revenue generated out of this movie. Because otherwise, the movie is un-watchable. And I’m sad to have to say this. House Of Gucci has a stellar cast, but the script just doesn’t do it. Why do I blame it on the script?
Well, when you decide to kill someone, it better be for a good reason. This movie proves that having 5 Oscar nominated actors doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a good one.
Don’t get me wrong. The movie has some redeeming qualities. It’s one of the funniest takes on the Italian culture I’ve seen in a while. In addition, I’d be surprised if the movie doesn’t get a couple of Oscar awards for art direction and set design. It was just stunning. Plus, Lady Gaga plays a perfect Patrizia Reggiani. However, the core issue resides with the script itself.
Based on the book from the same name, I have to say that the movie didn’t connect. It was just flat.
At the essence, House Of Gucci is basically about the relationship between Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) and Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) that ended with Reggiani plotting his murder. The connection to the fashion house is the backdrop of the drama between those two.
However, when you decide to build a movie around that, you need some highs and lows. Like, why did Maurizio turn against Reggiani? What was Reggiani motivation to push Maurizio to connect again with his father Rodolfo Gucci (Jeremy Irons) after he refused their marriage? Some would say that you could build a particularly good movie around that. Sadly, Ridley Scott didn’t.
On the other hand, few people from my generation knew about the heated relationship between Aldo Gucci (Al Pacino) and his son Paolo (Jared Leto) from one side, and the Gucci brand. When you have Al Pacino, you better give him what he deserves. He is definitely under-utilized in this movie.
Side note, as much as I am not a fan of Jared Leto’s acting, he was unrecognizable physically. I really felt bad for Paolo Gucci mainly thanks to Leto’s great performance.
Should you watch it?
Not in theaters. When it comes to streaming and VOD, sure. Also, dear Academy, just give Lady Gaga her OSCAR for Best Actress and Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor.
Where can I watch it?
House Of Gucci is now playing in theaters.