“This surname sounded so sweet, so seductive. Synonymous with luxury, style, power. But she was their curse ”- with these words one of the most anticipated films of this year starts. The film directed by Ridley Scott, even before its release, made a huge stir, becoming the subject of discussion from both professional film fans and ordinary viewers.
When young Patricia Reggiani met Maurizio Gucci, the heir of the fashion house of the same name, at a social party, she immediately realized that this was a real lucky ticket for her. A lifelong story has included everything that is now commonly associated with the rich and famous – love, sex, weddings, family showdowns, intrigues, betrayal, heaps of money, payment for all their sins and love. Until the grave.
“Reedus” has already attended a special screening of the film and is ready to share with you all the impressions of what they saw. There really is a lot to tell.
Of course, Ridley Scott showed the whole world what it takes to create a truly hype movie. And the recipe has two ingredients – an incredibly large and powerful cast and a big and loud story from the world of the rich and famous – that need to be carefully blended.
As for the caste, here the shots were accurate and on the spot – Oscar nominee Adam Driver, real mastodons of Hollywood in the person of Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, always different and unexpected Jared Leto. And on top of this multi-layered cake of acting and wild popularity sits like a cherry on the shocking and undoubtedly talented Lady Gaga, who has already proven her professional suitability with an Oscar for her very first starring role in the film A Star is Born.
The main cast of House of Gucci are Jeremy Irons, Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Al Pacino.
And it should be noted right away that Patricia Reggiani, who was repeatedly told during the film that she was not Gucci, became the central planet of this universe, around which all the others revolve. The same can be said about Lady Gaga, who rightfully dominates this ensemble. The second major role in his career – and again a brilliant game. Gaga carries through herself the entire main life path of the heroine – from a young girl with a bright appearance (Reggiani has been compared to Elizabeth Taylor more than once), not shining with talents and intelligence, to an incredibly inventive intriguer who contributed a lot to the collapse of the Gucci clan.
In the beginning it is impossible to stop laughing – the director made Gaga and Driver collect the entire world volume of awkwardness and absurdity of the beginning of a romantic relationship. It is impossible to watch the birth of the Maurizio-Patricia couple without laughter, because it is in these scenes that the shy Maurizio and the assertive Patricia behave the way many of us behaved on our first dates.
– Maybe we can come here?
– No, what are you? It’s very expensive here! Although no, I changed my mind. Come on.
At the very beginning, from the spontaneity of Patricia and the inexperience of Maurizio, I want to huddle under a chair in a hysterical fit.
Moreover, for a long time, the director, with the help of the script, confuses the viewer and does not give an exact question to answer whether Patricia is really in love or she really is a hunter for money, which Gucci Sr. repeatedly accused her of. In the end, the question becomes clear, but the fact that it was Patricia who returned her husband to a famous family and made every effort to this is undoubtedly.
“House of Gucci” shows that it is these stories from life that inspire many projects that tell about the vices and ways of the powerful. But the problem with the film is that the declared chic “synonymous with style, luxury and power” turns out to be nothing. It just so happened that in the course of the narrative, it is Gucci that we do not see. Change the names of the heroes and cross out a couple of strokes – and it turns out that you can cram anyone under this story. There are no classic images, no memorable exits, and it seems as if Patricia was a recluse with a child in her arms, but not a socialite.
The heroine of Gaga can be reproached in many ways, but no one can remain indifferent to her.
Of course, the love story of Maurizio and Patricia is in many ways both instructive and ordinary. We see a woman who dreamed of being a queen. It remains only to mold the prince into a king, which she did. But having played, she went too far, for which she paid. Which, however, does not in any way whitewash Maurizio, who never found the courage to tell his wife that he was leaving her, shifting this responsibility onto a personal lawyer. We have already seen this, and more than once, and memory helpfully suggests that other actors and directors played such stories much more emotionally.
The picture shows many facts from the family biography of the famous clan – the wedding, the formation of Gucci in America, the conspiracy of Paolo and Maurizio against Aldo, accusations of the machinations of the whole family, the evolution and collapse of the relationship between Maurizio and Patricia. Timing contributes to this. It would seem that for such a story more than 2.5 hours is the very thing, however, in his desire to show everything at once, the film at certain moments seems unjustifiably stretched, and at the end of the event they begin to rush with incredible speed.
House Gucci tries to show that sometimes the worst enemies come from those with whom you have a blood relationship.
The acting is, of course, good. Let Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons were not noted for anything remarkable, but at what level did Adam Driver and Jared Leto perform! The problem is that Gaga got a character that overshadowed everyone else.
Moreover, each hero is sorry in his own way, because each of them was unhappy: Paolo did not receive the support of his father and dreamed of recognition, Patricia dreamed of becoming a queen next to her king, Rodolfo suffered from unsatisfied ambitions, and Aldo put all his efforts into the family business and lost it in an instant.
The name of the brand now and then flickers in the film, but the classic images, the Gucci style of those years, can not be found in it even during the day and with fire.
However, none of them was able to draw out a truly crumpled ending, reminiscent of a cheap TV show like “The Court Goes” than an expensive HYIP film of the year. It’s also funny that the film tells about the family, and the director turns the value of the family inside out, showing that the worst enemies and the most terrible opponents can often bear the same surname as yours.
It would seem that there is nothing more valuable than a family, but in the world of the rich and famous, power and money seem to be of much greater value. The Gucci family was not destroyed by a crisis or strife, but by greed, intrigue and betrayal that came full circle. In short, at Gucci everyone betrayed and was betrayed, for which he paid in full, because the end of each of the characters cannot be called happy.
Salma Hayek played Pina Auremma, a fortune teller who became Reggiani’s advisor and close friend. It was she who helped Patricia order the murder of her husband.
It is known that the Gucci family did not appreciate the film. Even, on the contrary, criticized – for deviating from the real story, mis-caste of some of the main roles (for example, Aldo’s illegitimate daughter, Patricia, was angry that her father, who until the end of his life was a tall, slender man with piercing eyes, was portrayed bandit of average height “with a belly”) and the unwillingness of the creators to cooperate with the descendants of the family.
Patricia Reggiani was offended that Gaga never tried to meet her or at least contact her (they say that the studio itself forbade the actress to do this, and Gaga herself later admitted in an interview that she would not want to add Reggiani popularity). And designer Tom Ford, who revived Gucci from the ashes in the 90s, called the tape a sketch from the comedy show “Saturday Night Live”. Ridley Scott answered all this succinctly and clearly – when they themselves made money on this story, nothing bothered them, so where does he and his film have to do with it then?
Lady Gaga, despite all the rough edges of the film. played its role with dignity. Many fans even before the release of the film began to read the actress another Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Moreover, the film is precisely based on real events, and is not a frame-by-frame reconstruction of these very events on the screen. Certain essential substitutions of facts are not entirely clear, however. For example, Maurizio and Patricia had two daughters – Alessandra and Allegra, but for unknown reasons, Allegra was simply erased from history. The ending so generally crumpled up most of what really should have been told instead of a few scenes completely unnecessary for the film.
But if we consider the film from the point of view of a work of art, then we see several stories at once intertwined into a single picture. Here is the story of Cinderella, who, however, turned out to be irrepressible in her desires and loved so much that she could not bear the thought of another happiness of the Prince. I couldn’t so much that in the end I did what I did.
Adam Driver perfectly captured the transformation of Maurizio Gucci from an awkward young man into a domineering man. This is exactly how Patricia wanted to see him, who did not expect that he, in turn, would not want to stay with her until the end.
We also see the path of becoming from a modest and awkward young man into a man who knows his own worth, and then all this turns into a story about the eternal struggle for power in which there are no winners. It is interesting how the director in a new way, but at the same time neatly shows the good old truth “do not dig a hole for another, you will fall into it yourself.” Considering how events ultimately unfold, this idea looks more relevant than ever.
All in all, we have a very uneven and extremely drawn-out film about completely mundane human desires and destinies, which prove that money, luxury and power are not a pass to a happy and carefree life. Filmed with high quality, beautiful, the actors are good, and the story is interesting.
But it’s possible that Ridley Scott just promised too much and didn’t keep his word. Therefore, when, upon leaving the cinema, the phrase of the hero of Jared Leto pops up in memory about not confusing chocolate with excrement, you understand that it sounds somehow too topical.
“House of Gucci” – in the cinema since December 2.
Domestic cinema has also distinguished itself this week – since December 2, the cute family comedy “Normal Only Me” is also being released in cinemas. A review of the film about childhood with the spirit of the classic “Yeralash” can be read right now.