Note: It May contain spoilers.
Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci” is said to be based on true events about the murder of Maurizio Gucci, heir to the Gucci fashion empire. I’ve read Sarah Gay Forden’s “House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed”— the book is of course much better in terms of historical facts.
The film’s story has many discrepancies with the actual events that took place. The trouble with making movies based on true-to-life stories is when artistic or creative freedom takes precedence over real-life events. The House of Gucci offers a powerhouse cast with the very talented Lady Gaga on the title role. Her fans are saying that she’s on her way to her second Academy Award. She gave her heart and soul to her role but I feel that the story itself limited her to give more. On the other hand, Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci allowed us to see his character development from a shy law student to a cold-hearted business owner. Adam Driver and Lady Gaga have strong on-screen chemistry; you would want them to live a happy life until the end.
In real life, one of Paolo Gucci’s daughters was disappointed about how Jared Leto portrayed his father as unkempt and incompetent. Jared Leto stole the scene as the least appreciated Gucci who wanted to prove that he could contribute to the brand. Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci had a sympathetic character, I felt bad when he and Paolo walked out of the meeting in rage. As Rodolfo Gucci, Jeremy Irons let us feel his pain as a disappointed father. Salma Hayek played the role of Patrizia’s psychic friend Pina. Though she’s good in the movie, her role could have been given to a lesser star. In reality, Salma Hayek’s husband is now the owner of Gucci!
If you are not familiar with the book or Maurizio’s murder story, you would be confused by the turn of events in the movie. The first thirty minutes showed the passionate love affair of Patrizia and Maurizio while the remaining part of the movie showed the manipulative side of Patrizia. The film failed to focus on the breaking point on WHY Patrizia had to get rid of Maurizio. If you don’t know the story, you would assume that she was just jealous of the new girlfriend named Paola Franchi.
The last part of the movie after Maurizio’s murder showed the arrest of Patrizia, Pina, the gunman, and the driver of the getaway car. Assuming that we do not know the real story yet, maybe the film wanted to point out that the investigation of Maurizio’s murder case took two years because there were other suspects like Paolo and Aldo.
Commercially, I think that this movie deserves a 3.5/5. But who needs ratings by the way if you’re a fan of Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, right?