Review: ‘House of Gucci’ showcases fascinating real life story in generic matter

Ridley Scott delivers another underwhelming film


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Gucci being one of the most successful clothing brands in history must come with an interesting story of how it came to be. With that, a feature-length film depicting the events must come along. A competent filmmaker then has to lead the way to show the incident on screen. “House of Gucci” shows the controversial association of Patrizia Reggiani marrying her way into the Gucci family that later led to a burst of ambition, to betrayal and eventually murder. 

Biopics follow a certain formula that, if paid attention to, is apparent. The film starts with said person at his or her highest or lowest, then later transitions to the beginning, from then on the film continues up until where it started. “House of Gucci” unfortunately follows the same basic formula as any biopic which makes it seem bland at the end. Ridley Scott being attached to directing the film obviously added a sense of excitement, but sadly it almost feels like a paycheck more than a movie he was interested in directing. The film is forgettable as nothing sticks to the viewer after watching it. 

The film’s soundtrack is composed of typical music you’d hear when thinking of luxury or privileged people doing rich things. Since most of the movie takes place in the ‘80s, its music choices are predictable and uninspiring. The cinematography was nothing special besides having a few good-looking wide shots here and there.  

Lady Gaga’s portrayal of Reggiani starts off strong but her Italian accent slowly declines because of the inconsistency. Her chemistry with Adam Driver’s portrayal of Maurizio Gucci carried the entire film as viewers genuinely can see them as an actual married couple. As with Driver’s Italian accent, it also is inconsistent but it’s less noticeable. By far the most horrible and laughable performance of the entire film, that completely takes you out of its reality, is Jared Leto’s depiction of Paolo Gucci. He tends to overact, which leads to a cartoonish performance. The other characters such as Aldo Gucci (Al Pacino), Pina Auriemma (Salma Hayek) and Rodolfo Gucci (Jeremy Irons) were given little to do and an underwhelming presence. 

“House of Gucci’s” runtime of two hours and 38 minutes didn’t feel justified. The film’s slow pacing didn’t help as well as viewers were left waiting for the movie to end. 

Audience members who were disappointed are better left off to watch a documentary that’ll probably elaborate more on the events. Overall with nothing else to say, “House of Gucci” deserves an underwhelming 5/10.