Lady Gaga proves yet again how electrifying she can be through House of Gucci
Today, we are reviewing Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, a movie that explores the dark secrets hidden behind the Italian luxury brand, and how the family was brought down due to their greed, vengeance, fraud, and other inner politics.
Let’s talk story and performances then!
A story of an ambitious woman
The movie starts with the present (or rather, March 27, 1995), just minutes before Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) is shot and killed in Milan by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), who is hell-bent on revenge.
We are then taken to a party in Milan in 1970, and all eyes are on Patrizia and her red dress. However, the only person who intrigues her is the awkward, but charming Maurizio. In no time, she realizes that he is the heir to the massive Gucci house. Despite Maurizio having no interest in his family business, Patrizia understood that this was her way to climb up the ranks.
Rodolfo Gucci (Jeremy Irons), understands that the girl his son wants to marry is not looking for love, but is defied. Every thought and movement of Gaga as Patrizia is evident, and her dark eyes convey all her grand ambitions. She is a woman with insatiable hunger, and wants the millions that her husband will eventually inherit. A harsh power play happens after Rodolfo’s death, and forms the rest of the movie.
The overall movie
If I’m to name one drawback, maybe ‘House of Gucci’ focuses too much on the outsider wanting to be the insider, and equal attention is not given to the house itself. But I feel I’m being nit-picky, because the movie did display all the cutthroat behaviours of the family members, and paid attention to the grand costumes as well. It does feel like a fashion show, and since the drama is set amidst fashion, that is hardly a drawback. Every character plays their part to the fullest, but in the end, it is Gaga who becomes the true force.
All in all, House of Gucci is surely a one-time watch especially to appreciate the stellar ensemble cast.