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House of Gucci
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House of Gucci Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

A slightly comedic, somewhat serious takedown of the Gucci family depicting years of the mismanagement, infighting, and ultimately murder that led to their fall from grace, House of Gucci is an amusing if somewhat bland drama from Ridley Scott.

Scott, a director who has as many hits as misses these days but rarely does anything bland, takes an odd approach here, stripping away his typical visual aesthetics, and, more importantly, bold storytelling devices. House of Gucci is a two-and-half hour opus of the family decline, and while there’s a lot to like, it undeniable lacks that special something.

Though it’s a passion project for Scott, his particular set of skills isn’t particularly right for this project. Best told as a dark comedy—or at least a drama with sharp comedic wit—House of Gucci would have been a sight to behold if done by filmmakers more attuned to such a story (the Coen brothers, at their peak, come to mind). The movie as is can in fact be interpreted as a darkish comedy, but the laughs come in short bursts and the overall production feels mildly abusing at best. Take out Jared Leto’s hilarious turn as Paolo Gucci and you have a straight up drama without the flair needed to make it something magical.
Even still, there’s plenty to like. Adam Driver is great as Maurizio and Lady Gaga even better as his cunning wife Patrizia. The two have terrific chemistry together, and they also squeeze and squirm their way through the film as two deliciously slippery individuals. The cast as a whole is fantastic and is clearly having fun playing these ridiculous larger-than-life characters.
But that’s the thing. The actors had fun making the movie, but the end product isn’t quite as fun as it should be. That doesn’t make it bad, or even one to skip—it is worth seeing—but oh what it could have been.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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