House of Gucci (2021)

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer/s: Becky Johnston, Roberto Bentivegna, Sara Gat Forden
Starring: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, and more.

The Intro:
Time for a Ridley Scott special. His new project “House of Gucci” is upon our eyes, boasting one hell of an ensemble. Will the drama grip us by the throat, or will it bore us right to sleep? LET’S SEE!

IMDB Summary:
“When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, and revenge.”

The Oberrating:
Certain dramas come out that absolutely hold me until the very end. More often than not, I call some of these dramas Chess match dramas. This is where every move taken by the characters in the film are so carefully calculated in attempt to take advantage of their counterpart. “House of Gucci” is one of the many dramas I love that fits that bill. Whether it is a by the book telling of events or dramatized for film, “House of Gucci” kept me locked in and watching all these characters every move. Every player had their part in this chess match, and while some may have outlasted the other, who even was a the true winner? Simply fantastic.

There is honestly no bad parts here. I may argue Salma Hayek’s “Pina” was underutilized, but everyone from Gaga, to Driver, to Pacino, to Leto, to Irons, and quite literally everyone else had no small part and hit their roles out of the park.
Adam Driver continues to hammer in impressive role after role and is working his way up the ladder as one of my favorite actors in the game. Aside from being an astounding talent, I have read he is quite the gentleman outside of work, and that just adds to the likeability for me.
Lady Gaga is simply a powerhouse. An artist, performer, and actor. This woman can damn near do no wrong, and “House of Gucci” is yet another example of that. Watch this film as Gaga carries this through the finish line.
Pacino is Pacino, mannnnnn! Al Pacino brings it back to basics, and puts on a hell of a performance. He has a moment near the end of the film where he had me in full admiration to the power of his talent.
Jared Leto… I smell Oscar nommmmmmmm. Leto, once again, transforms himself to a damn near unrecognizable state and puts on one hell of a persona as Paulo Gucci. He is silly, his is motivated, he is hopeless, yet he is driven by passion. Definitely one of the most entertaining characters in the film.

To piggyback off of the chess match drama that “House of Gucci” is, the story is incredible. Every moment shows a carefully calculated move to overtake another character and it is compelling. However, in order to cover such a long family history that is Gucci, a couple of fast forward moments had to happen, and at times they happen without warning. Kind of a distraction, but does not hurt the film all too much.
Another criticism of mine that I could not shake was the sudden turn Maurizio Gucci takes near the end of the film. I felt there was not much lead up to this turn and it just happens. It can be argued that it is more internal, but I would have preferred to see even subtle exterior happenings to lead to such a moment.

The Wrap-Up:
Oscars here we come! Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” is a powerhouse of a film. For any of those that enjoy a crime drama and dysfunctional families, this one will be right up your alley.

Other Takeaways:
Oscar Predictions: Jared Leto for supporting, maybe even Pacino too. Gaga for female lead. Driver for male lead. Riley Scott for directing. “House of Gucci” for adapted screenplay and makeup. Janty Yates for costume design.

Rating: 4/5


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