House of Gucci transforms a tale of deceit, betrayal, greed, and murder into an endless winding narrative that will have people looking at their watch wondering when it’s over. While some have been lauding Lady Gaga as a potential contender for Best Actress at the 2022 Oscars, that couldn’t be further from the truth. If the Academy has decided to give out trophies for overacting, then sure, it could happen. While the acting resume of this ensemble is certainly impressive, there was this feeling that none of them gelled together. Irons, Pacino, Driver, Leto, and Lady Gaga all are solid on their own, but in this narrative, it just didn’t work. There’s a reason why this story has been on the shelf for some time. The level of difficulty in pulling this story off is high, with little room for error.
For those who are unaware, House of Gucci is based on the drama surrounding the Gucci family fashion dynasty and the murder of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). Lady Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, who marries Maurizio, and it’s her aspiration for control that expedites the family’s eventual downfall. Maurizio never had aspirations to join the family business. He was destined to work in law until he met Patrizia. She is who ultimately pushed him into following in his family’s footsteps. The idea of power, glamour and enormous wealth intrigued Patrizia, but she didn’t account for how it would corrupt her one true love.
House of Gucci suffers from a significant lack of focus in its narrative. At times, it felt as if 4 different stories were being told all at once, which diluted the film into this long winding mess. The performances in the movie were so over the top that they distracted from what was happening on screen. Lady Gaga’s Italian accent was more like a bad impression of Mona Lisa Vido. While the makeup on Jared Leto was outstanding, he’s so over the top that it snaps the audience out of each scene he’s in.
While visually, the film does take place in some breathtaking backdrops, the cinematography was more paint-by-numbers than noteworthy. This felt like a missed opportunity. Perhaps more effort to capture those stunning backdrops would have brought us more into this long-winded tale. Instead of remembering the beauty of the film’s surroundings, the only thing which stands out is the levels of boredom that overtook me as the film trudged on.