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Film Review: “House of Gucci” (2021)


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Whether it’s “Thelma & Louise” or “Blade Runner”, “Alien” or “The Martian”, Ridley Scott is a filmmaker who can juggle any subject matter so easily, he won’t even notice the complexities while we will be stunned to imagine how difficult it must have been to put everything together. The level of experience and expertise Scott showcases reminds us once again that there’s nothing he can’t handle, as long as the camera is ready for him to say ‘Roll.’

“House of Gucci” follows an outsider, Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), who finds herself in the midst of a family affair, and she wants to have her own piece of the pie. When she married an eligible bachelor, Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the woman slowly begins to change, appearing to be more like Gucci. Power, money and control take center stage in this rivalry in the fight for the ultimate fortune. All is good except for one thing; all of Patrizia’s plans will turn murderous.

When Maurizio was rejected by his father (Jeremy Irons), Uncle Aldo (Al Pacino) after learning about Maurizio and Patrizia’s marriage, invites them to New York. It is when the spiral of betrayal will begin to unravel itself, showing rhe true face of Patrizia, her real intentions towards the family, and the attempt to take control over Maurizio, who begins to distance himself from the troublemaker wife.

“House of Gucci” has plenty to offer. Is it funny at times? Sure. Does it have good lines? Definitely. Does it give food for thought? Enough for you not to feel hungry. Moreover, it has the premise of telenovela filmmaker that Ridley Scott somehow disregards, delivering a story that is truly masterful, terrifying, poignant and scary at the same time. It would get you thinking how a simple question can become so complicated when one who has no love anymore begins to reveal their true image that cannot be repaired by image restoration.

A stellar cast, led by Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, an unrecognizable Jared Leto and many more, “House of Gucci” may not be able to save the messy storyline, but you can tell they had lots of fun making it. As you know, it’s based on true events; and the filmmaker more or less is able to capture that.

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