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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

HOUSE OF GUCCI Movie Honest and Spoiler Free Review

HOUSE OF GUCCI Movie Honest and Spoiler Free Review

House of Gucci, directed by Ridley Scott, has finally launched in theatres around the world, and after seeing those fantastic previews, I went into the film not knowing what to anticipate. I'd read some reviews that praised it, while others panned it due to its length, Jared Leto's strange performance, and the film's blandness. 

To be honest, I had no idea what happened in the Gucci story until I saw the movie, but I had a great time. In fact, after Denis Villeneuve's  Dune, it's arguably my second favorite film of the year. Was it long, yes, was Jared Leto's performance at times odd, yes, and was it a boring story, no way. 

I believe that this film is not scared to be what it is, a three-act tragedy that we have seen before, but not as campy or focused as Ridley Scott puts it onscreen. It'll undoubtedly be one of the year's most meme-able films, but it'll also impact you emotionally and grab you with largely superb performances all around. 

House Of Gucci Review

While this isn't Ridley Scott's best work, it is one of his most surprising. With the present environment of entertainment feeding even more into cinematic fatigue, a film like House of Gucci, which deftly blends the glamour, twisting intrigue, and top fashion, is a cocktail I'd like to sip all night. 

The entire thing is based around Gucci's main characters' chemistry and their connections, which results in a lot of dialogue, but which is largely important from a dramatic aspect in terms of where the tale goes and what the characters are dealing with. It makes you gasp at times while simultaneously making you laugh out loud at others. 

And it's all because of Adam Driver and Lady Gaga, who have a rare and undeniably natural relationship.  According to what I've read, Scott's film captures the whole power and madness of their connection quite well. 

Lady Gaga is a pop star from the United States. Patrizia Reggiani plays Patrizia Reggiani, a secretary for her father's garbage truck company who subsequently meets Adam Driver's Maurizio Gucci at a party and sees him as an opportunity, not entirely financially, but mostly on an emotional level. 

In the beginning, it's half love and a part chance for her, but it's a romance that will inevitably go off the rails and result in a slew of drama. But she initially sees it as an opportunity for her to live a rational life, which is similar to Maurizio's but from the opposing perspective.

Adam Driver's character is uninterested in the world of high fashion, preferring to keep his distance from his father Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons) and uncle Aldo (Al Pacino). The family structure is restored and given new life as Patrizia dips her paws into him and they finally marry. 

What we see is Patrizia's sharp intellect and ascent, as she exploits the family business's dispute, particularly the clownish example of cousin Paolo Gucci, played by Jared Leto, to move things to her side of the aisle. 

But, if things don't go her way, crime is blended into the high drama and becomes the only alternative she believes she has left. It's a three-part story about developed romance, growth, and finally, deconstruction, expertly interwoven by Ridley Scott in a mix of darkness, humor, and everything in between. 


The Brand Of Gucci: Its Betrayal, Control, And Destruction

While there are significant characters in this story, and the performances serve to bring them to life, the core framework that holds everything together in Ridley Scott's film is Gucci as a fashion business empire, not Patrizia, Maurizio, or any individual Gucci. 

It's called House of Gucci for a reason: it depicts the issues that arise when perceived freedom collides with perceived control when strength provides perceived calm, and every character goes to great lengths to achieve it. 

Yes, there is conflict and corruption at work, but the entire set of people at the table is what makes House of Gucci investment so interesting. This is shown in a scene in the film, which is one of my favorites of the year, where Gaga's character accuses Maurizio of being a monster, to which he responds, "I'm a Gucci." 

All of this comes from the family's structure, which is unwrapped in front of our eyes and reveals an affluent club brimming with egotism and superiority, only to be taken down by a woman who merely wanted a piece of the power, equally sinking in wrongdoings. 

Everyone is on the verge of destruction here, and Scott skillfully portrays this through a diverse range of performances. From Lady Gaga's exquisite yet savage feeling of power to Al Pacino's traditional superiority approach to Jared Leto's sheer craziness, there's something for everyone. 

Leto's performance is odd since I was perplexed at points by his representation but then realized that this is who he is supposed to be at other times. An eccentric artist who was exploited by Lady Gaga's lust for power. It's far from perfect, but it's an excellent example of combining everything into one package with largely positive effects. 

The story of how Gucci's fashion empire came crashing down is told in a rich but unsettling way in House of Gucci. Even if your feelings about the film are varied, you must realize that the filmmaker has made a strong dedication to the Italian culture and history of Gucci in order to create a picture with a lot of character depth, as opposed to the one-dimensional approach seen in many films nowadays. 

We see Patrizia being undervalued from a variety of perspectives, we hear the sometimes tense dialogues that surround a father's rejection of his son, and we see tears and hope from Aldo, the idiot. Each character is multi-layered, and if there's one critique, it's that the film doesn't have many moments in which it reins in its recklessness. But, to be honest, that's something I truly like.


House Of Gucci Is A Tale Of Tragedy

Yes, it's a long movie, but after the characters are introduced and established within the plot, the fun and craziness begin to unfold. There are inside company squabbles and backstabbing, but the motivation comes from a tug of war about the direction that the Gucci brand should take. 

Should it remain in the hands of the eldest family member or should it strive to venture out and compete with global brands? The question is whether the forward-thinking members will be able to maintain their brand while remaining true to themselves. 

The question is intriguing, but as we all know from stories like these, disaster always lurks around the corner. In the way it was written, it reminded me of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, putting foreboding darkness over the rich, who can't avoid what's coming. 

We end up with a Scott film that is a modern tragedy, with influences from Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and other great filmmakers. He's trying to piece together the meaning of the cautionary tale while also searching for paradise. 

Overall, House of Gucci is a film with a little bit of everything, from outstanding performances and an intriguing plot that will be remembered, even if it isn't his best work. Ridley Scott may fluctuate from film to film, but films like House of Gucci redefine why he is one of our finest living filmmakers who hasn't yet lost his path.

House Of Gucci Final Thoughts And Score

But that was the end of my spoiler-free House of Gucci review. Ridley Scott's film may have a long run time of nearly two and a half hours, but it is a film that isn't afraid to dive deep into the Gucci story and give us a methodical account of what happened. 

You have the first act of romance when Patrizia meets Maurizio, the second act of how the Gucci empire emerges from the flames thanks to Patrizia's new way of thinking, and finally, the third act of love and empire colliding, resulting in the demise of everyone involved. 

Of course, the events play out differently for each character, but Gaga's persona is the one that is convicted because she refuses to move on. Her ultimate decision to commit a crime is motivated solely by self-interest. Nobody can have what she can't have, in a way. 

Gaga's and many other actors in this film undergo incredible alterations, allowing them to portray the characteristics of tragic people. It's a genuine story about how power and the desire for something out of reach can make someone unwilling to let go. 

To be honest, I believe that after A Star Is Born and now House Of Gucci, Lady Gaga is really building a reputation for herself as an actress, and I believe that following her performance, she will be nominated for another Academy Award next year. 

Some rockstars are known for giving one fantastic performance and then disappearing, but Gaga is demonstrating her acting skills by putting her all into capturing the craziness, emotion, and drama that this character required. 

It'll be interesting to watch how the public reacts to this, and while it's not my favorite Ridley Scott film by any stretch of the imagination, it's one that surprised me greatly. It included outstanding performances, both guarded and exaggerated, a well-paced tale that was both long and engaging, and a clear message about power. 

I was blown away by it, and while it harkens back to Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese's flicks, Ridley Scott has put his own stamp on this crime thriller and done so in style. House Of Gucci gets an 8.75 out of 10 from me. But what did you think of Ridley Scott's latest picture, and do you believe it's one of the year's best?

I believe it will generate a range of reactions, as we've seen with critics thus far because it isn't the type of film for everyone. But, for me, it's right in the heart of Ridley Scott's filmography, and I think it's a fantastic blend of humor, drama, crime, and the weird character of the Gucci brand. 

Again, it's all subjective, and I appreciate a variety of reactions and assessments, so let me know what you thought of the film in the comments section, as well as where you would position it among Ridley Scott's extensive career.


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