Review: Lady Gaga features the elegant and satirical ‘House of Gucci’ with tall heel star Swagger


Lady Gaga is back on the big screen in the real-life drama “House of Gucci”, though this time it’s not born as a pop star but in a soap classic.

Like Joan Collins and Susan Lucy before her, Gaga is a one-woman show of cunning bliss in the star-studded “Gucci.” Three decades of brazen murder plot of an iconic fashion house. Director Ridley Scott’s satire and everyone in it can be taken very seriously, though it’s more fun to sit down and let Couture Camp wash over you.

“Gucci” begins in 1978 with a young woman named Patricia Reggiani (Gaga) working in her father’s trucking company, hitting a Milanese disco. Going for a drink, she finds Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) behind the bar, a fascinating glasses and book boy – even more so when she learns his name. However, Maurizio studies law rather than engaging in his family’s world-famous fashion house, run by his sick father, Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons) and personality’s uncle Aldo (Al Pacino).

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Strange Maurizio falls in love and wants to marry Patrizia but his father thinks she is a gold digger, which causes Rodolfo to cut off his son’s wealth and Maurizio works for Patrizio’s father. After they hit, the film becomes a fashionable modern “Macbeth”: Gucci is having a hard time with the commercialization of the brand, and Patricia Maurizio is brought back to the fold of the family, where they both make a substantial amount. Energy. Maurizio gradually embraces the side of his wolf trade and Patricia is pushed aside – and consequently told in a call-in TV psychic (Salma Hayek) – the story turns from dark comic to eventual tragedy.

Scott creates a very stylish world of runways, gaudy estates and dazzling costumes for his various roles. And their actors are a colorful set of bring-your-own-accent scenario. At one point, Irons looks like he’s slathering in horror-movie makeup, while Pacino balances the upbeat and raging sides as a personality Aldo, and the unrecognizable Jared Leto – somewhere under a ton of prosthetics – is an explosive to watch as Aldo’s mercury. Son Paolo.

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Paolo Gucci (Jared Leto) has imagined himself a fashion designer, yet no one in his family takes him seriously in the "House of Gucci."

The wannabe fashion designer (“I want to soar like a dove”), who has some of the best lines in the film, is considered a fool by the Paolo family, but Leto gives him the quality of a loser-loser among his various double-crossing relatives. Salt is happy to see Leto and Pacino trying to out-ham each other.

As Maurizio, the driver plays it very solidly, mostly to the right of Gaga’s high-heeled nature. Her Patrizia has a lot of character, seemingly marrying for love (although it’s not clear she’s always played a long game) and then trying to become a puppet master until her chicory reverses. Gaga also understands what kind of movie she is in, biting lines like “It’s time to take out the trash”, turning on fake handbags and getting her envious hackles on the ski slopes of Maurizio’s childhood friend (Camille Cotin). Comes back in his life.

Al Pacino plays Aldo Gucci, who wants to take his family's traditional fashion house at Ridley Scott in a more commercial direction.

“House of Gucci” clocks in at 37 minutes in two hours and for the most part moves at a good pace, though Gaga tends to load up when not on screen and turn to Maurizio’s business dealings when Gucci competes with rival fashion houses. Fresh talent. (Reeve Carney, like Tom Ford, is fine, even with a quick turn.) There are also a few needle drops on the nose (George Michael’s “Faith” Maurizio and Patrizia play at their church wedding) and those seeking an Oscar-ready audition. The old-school “dynasty” may not get the film’s cheek commitment to mixing melodrama with “succession” -esque wit.

But be warned, fellow Best Actress contestants: Gaga’s power is undeniable because she reigns in “House of Gucci” with a powerful panache and an addictive swagger.

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