Friday, November 26, 2021

The House of Gucci - 2 1/2 Stars - THEATERS - NOVEMBER 24, 2021

I can give you a quick one-word review of The House of Gucci.  Long---check your watch at the two-hour mark long as you wonder "Is this thing ever gonna end?"  Parts are quite fun.  The House of Gucci tells the true family feud of the Gucci family:  betrayal, financial malfeasance, ambition, sex, outsiders versus insiders, and paid for hit man ordered murder.   Lady Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani who sets her sites on Maurizio Gucci as played by Adam Driver.  Al Pacino shows up as a favorite uncle and Jeremy Irons plays a disapproving father.  Lady Gaga is especially interesting on a big screen.  She's a fine actress and has something that compels you to watch her.  She has great chemistry with Adam Driver and gives it her all, in spite of an over long not very creative script. I'm thinking the filmmakers went for a feminine take on The Godfather.  They missed.  The script goes chronological and as the clock ticks chooses to skate over twists and turns that left me thinking "what?"  I thought Gucci might be an Oscar contender, but now I'm thinking maybe not.   It's a diverting way to kill two and a half hours.