REVIEW / FILM REVIEW: After his recent comeback with “The Last Duel”, Ridley Scott is releasing a new film: “House of Gucci”. A way for him to retrace the rise and fall of Maurizio Gucci, and to denounce the functioning of a rotten society to the core!
House of Gucci : Ridley Scott confirms his return
After a fairly long period of empty passage, Ridley Scott, 83, returns in quick succession with two successes. On October 13, the filmmaker offered viewers The Last Duel, a historical drama of 2:33 which seduced the press as well as the spectators. This Wednesday, November 24, the filmmaker remains in the long historical epics since it reveals House of Gucci. Change of country, change of epoch, but still a film of more than 2h30 (2h37 to be exact).
With House of Gucci, the filmmaker tells of a turning point in the Italian fashion empire at the end of the 1970s, led by Maurizio Gucci, one of the heirs of the luxury brand. Casting side, Ridley Scott surrounds himself with a mind-blowing cast, notably composed of Adam Driver (Maurizio Gucci), Lady Gaga (Patrizia Reggiani), Al Pacino (Aldo Gucci), Jeremy Irons (Rodolfo Gucci), Jared Leto (Paolo Gucci) or the French Camille Cottin in the skin of Paola Franchi.
Like with The Last Duel, despite its excessive length, House of Gucci overall remains effective and exciting. Ridley Scott manages to manage his pace, and avoids the suffocation inherent in excessively long productions. Despite its impressive duration, House of Gucci keeps the attention of the audience from A to Z. It must be said that the scenario is helped a lot by the historical facts of this story, which regularly exceed fiction. After All the money in the world, Ridley Scott dives again in stories of families plagued by money, power, jealousy and greed.
And finally, House of Gucci and All the money in the world are very similar, especially in the portrait made by the filmmaker of the family, perverted by a wealth infected with the desire for more and more and eaten away by a sickly avarice. But also in his approach, quite disembodied and cold, especially within the cinema of Ridley Scott, often visually very rich.
Impeccable casting for a story worthy of fiction
Even if the story is totally crazy, Ridley Scott tells it from a distance. House of Gucci is a pretty disembodied film, which in any case lack of visual madness. The filmmaker opts for a very academic staging, which lacks eccentricity, and who just tells the story, in a very factual way. Obviously, some will point the finger the lack of soul of the production, quite linear and smooth.
These are ultimately the actors who give life to all this. Each of the members of this cast brings a different tone and taste to the feature film. There is obviously Adam Driver, always at the quintessence of his style, his class and his talent. The latter embodies the son of the Gucci family with great restraint and precision.
Then there is Jared Leto, who as usual does tons of it. Totally grimaced and unrecognizable, he embodies the second son of the Gucci family. An eccentric character, presented as a stupid part of the family, a suitable grain of sand to screw everything up. The actor manages to find the right tone along the way, and finally signs a touching performance, both funny and heartbreaking, original and ridiculous, superficial and deep, certainly in the image of Paolo Gucci.
Then comes Lady Gaga, who embodies Patrizia Reggiani with new strength. Depicted as a strong and manipulative woman, the singer comes out with honors, and plays a powerful protagonist who carries the story on his shoulders. As for Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, they are once again impeccable, in custom roles of tenors of the Gucci family!
A relevant look at capitalist society
With House of Gucci, Ridley Scott uses the history of this repulsive family, to take a contemporary look at our modern society. Through this totally mind-blowing story, the filmmaker shows the destructive power of money. Even if its moral is a little simplistic, the film allows to visualize the madness of power, money, notoriety, which drives any soul into perfidy, lies and betrayal. House of Gucci is the story of a modern Empire, that of capitalism, luxury, finance, materialism. A story that reveals …