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Review: House Of Gucci

Ridley Scott lands with another weighty (The first being The Last Duel) ‘based on a true story’ movie that hits all the right notes albeit with a few niggles that ultimately pays off for the viewer.

When Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, marries into the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to unravel the family legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge  and ultimately murder.

Scott assembles a cast that is unrivalled for a fair while (Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons & Salma Hayek to name but just a few and it shows, the sheer class of acting throughout is nothing short of stunning.  Awards season may just have to give the w awards to the best ensemble rather than individuals.  Lady Gaga once agin makes everyone sit up and take notice and the innocent but ultimately conniving Patrizia Reggiani, who come sin like a ball of fire throughout the Gucci family.  But it’s Adam Driver, resembling a young Christopher Reeve, who delivers yet another incredible performance as the doomed Maurizio Gucci who is out and out star of House Of Gucci.  You simply can’t take your eyes off him for more than a moment of the films run time as he absorbs everything like a supernova just before it reaches critical mass and explodes.

Ridley Scott who usually struggles to find a conclusion to his stories, however here, with a narrative and a story to follow, Scott commits some of his best work to the screen for what seems some time.  With The Last Duel Scott is having a great 2021.

The settings and locales of The House Of Gucci are as elegant and refined as the clothing line it is conveying to it’s audience.  The run time at times feels long and the exposition weighs the flow of the film down, especially with the amount of key events House Of Gucci needs to set up, explain and deliver on.  Scott keeps things together enough to though for the audience not to complete drop out of the narrative, but only just.

A solid  and at times beautiful piece of work from Ridley Scott, House of Gucci manages to keep the audience engaged long enough for the incredible cast led by Gaga and Driver to simply sit and wonder at what ultimately is a Fashionistas Godfather.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

House Of Gucci is in cinemas nationwide now

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