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Film Review: House of Gucci

Director:    Ridley Scott

Cast:    Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, Jack Huston, Salma Hayek, Vincent Riotta, Camille Cottin, Reeve Carney, Florence Andrews

Rating:     MA

Running Time:     158

Australian Distributor:     Universal Pictures Australia


“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 centre 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 the 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.  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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