House of Gucci
review by Bobby Blakey
Director Ridley Scott is one of those filmmakers that takes on a bit of everything. His latest film House of Gucci features an all-star cast including Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Jack Huston, with Salma Hayek and Al Pacino and is based on the book “The House of Gucci” by Sara Gay Forden. Could this film do justice to the brand or will it fail to make it down the runway?
House of Gucci follows the shocking true story of the family empire behind the Italian fashion house of Gucci. Spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder, we see what a name means, what it’s worth, and how far a family will go for control.
I am always intrigued by these true life stories, but add to it this cast and Scott in the directors seat and I am all in. The trailers built up the intrigue and betrayal along with the love story so wasn’t quite sure how it was all going to play out. It for sure delivers all those things and is really good, but does drag at times. The story is compelling for the majority of the film, but it loses some steam in the later half and limps along a bit. It is still interesting, but the anticipation to what’s to come doesn’t get the full payoff you might be hoping for.
The performances are great across the board with Leto being my favorite of them all. He is unrecognizable with the prosthetics that look amazing. He is the most over the top of them all and brings a funny but sad person to life. Gaga and Driver are great together offering up real chemistry that make you want to go on this life journey with them. The growth and decline of them both keeps you always wondering in the back of your mind how true any of their feelings ever were, but the money and power no doubt took over.
While this film is about this powerful fashion family empire, it almost plays
up like the usual mob films of a rise to power. It even has that tone to it which is why it kept me engaged, but then it takes in that real life element that isn’t always exciting as Hollywood likes to make it. This builds to a big turn in events to the evolving story, but its simplistic nature to how it played out is a bit underwhelming due to that exact issue, life. Thankfully it still manages to entertain, but know it drags along at times and might lose some who aren’t overly engaged in this type of film, but I think it is worth giving it a try.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including featurettes taking you behind bringing this story to life. Join the dangerous world of fashion when House of Gucci available now on digital and then on Blu-ray and DVD from MGM and Universal Home Entertainment.