House of Gucci provides a Godfather type vibe but fails to hit on the same level of that legendary story.
This is the story of Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), an outsider from humble beginnings, who marries the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to crumble the Gucci legacy and triggers a spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately…murder. The film provides a high overview of the Gucci legacy but overall feels over-bloated with a running time of two and a half hours.
The story may have dragged and should have been shorter; the cast for the characters is actually good. Along for this ride is Adam Driver playing Maurizio Gucci, Patrizia’s husband whom she has killed. Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino, and Jared Leto rounds out the Gucci family. The cinematography, visual effects, and soundtrack transport you back to the late 70’s through the mid ’90s. The music that is present in the film provides guidance on where they are in the timeline of events of their lives.
While the film has its moments and is shockingly funny throughout, House of Gucci possibly would have worked better as a miniseries to provide more insight and further flesh out the story on the rise and fall of the Gucci Family.
House of Gucci is now playing in theaters.