HOUSE OF GUCCI
Starring: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Jack Huston
Director: Ridley Scott
House of Gucci is a mess. First, it’s overly serious, except when it veers into Showgirls-level campiness. Second, it’s very poorly edited, with character developments coming out of nowhere. It’s like they cut a 10-hour miniseries into a 2.5-hour movie. It does feature some excellent songs to evoke the era, but they don’t always mesh with the scenes with which they are paired. Then there is Jared Leto: I’m not sure his performance is “good,” but it’s certainly the most entertaining part of this barely average movie. Perhaps it would have been better if everyone else had matched his energy.
House of Gucci may not be the disaster many have claimed, but it remains one of 2021’s biggest letdowns in terms of execution. The film is far too long, quite messy, and its script is stretched out in areas that don’t matter while being far too brief in places that do. The individual performances are mostly good, yet feel like they belong in completely different projects (especially Jared Leto’s). For a film primarily about a fashion dynasty, the whole affair possesses a distinct lack of flair. It may land a few Oscar nominations, but don’t count it amongst the frontrunners.
House Of Gucci is one of the year's biggest disasters. While there are some campy moments that are somewhat enjoyable, it's an incredibly tone deaf and unbalanced mess for the most part. It is the one thing a movie should never be: boring, an agonizing 150 minutes that I felt every second of. The cast generally does a good job (mainly Adam Driver), but the actors can’t seem to agree on what type of movie they’re in. Add in an awful script, and you have one of 2021's worst movies.