House of Gucci Movie Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

“House of Gucci” is one of the most talked about movie premieres in November, which attracts attention for a number of reasons. First, the film was directed by Ridley Scott. Secondly, the drama based on real events has an impressive cast. The main roles were played by Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, along with Al Pacino, Jared Leto and Salma Hayek worked on the set. Soon, the tape may take part in the race for the Oscars, but now it is interesting how the audience will perceive it.

“Dom Gucci” / House of Gucci

Drama genre
Directed by Ridley Scott
Starring Lady Gaga (Patricia Reggiani), Adam Driver (Maurizio Gucci), Al Pacino (Aldo Gucci), Jared Leto (Paolo Gucci), Jeremy Irons (Rodolfo Gucci), Salma Hayek (Pina Auriemma), Jack Huston (Domenico De Sole), Reeve Carney (Tom Ford) and others.
BRON Studios, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Scott Free Productions
Release year 2021
IMDb site

Just a month ago, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, a chivalrous historical drama that showed the same events from the perspective of three different characters, hit the big screens. Unfortunately, the tape had very weak promotion, and it failed at the global box office, collecting $ 27 million on a budget of $ 100 million (Scott himself blamed the audience for everything, especially millennials who are used to receiving information through smartphones – the director shared this idea during the recording of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast).

The House of Gucci does not repeat the mistakes of The Last Duel – the film is actively promoted on various information platforms, the actors become guests of the evening shows, and the distributors publish excerpts from the film on YouTube. Ironically, House of Gucci doesn’t turn out to be as exciting as The Last Duel, but the movie still impresses with its scope.

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The script is based on Sarah Gay Forden’s book The House of Gucci. A sensational tale of murder, madness, glamour, and greed.” Actually, the name speaks for itself, only one clarification can be added to it. The family ups and downs of Italian businessmen, which ended in a criminal incident, are so large-scale that Ridley Scott allocated two and a half hours of screen time for them (in fact, the material would even be enough for a mini-series).

The film begins in 1978, when Patricia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) meets Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver). Patricia realizes that in front of her is not just a shy lawyer, but a rich heir to a famous fashion house. The girl persists and, against the will of her father Maurizio, becomes part of the Gucci family. A world of wealth opens up before her, which will surely increase if power falls into the right hands. In the hands of Patricia, of course.

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Truth be told, to appreciate The House of Gucci, the drama has to be watched in its original language. During the filming, the actors spoke their lines with an Italian accent, and each artist did it in his own way.

Lady Gaga tried the hardest, showing the ambition and ignorance of her heroine through the specifics of speech (she, in fact, carries the entire film). Jared Leto (made up beyond recognition) experimented not only with an accent, but also with intonations – with their help, the actor emphasized the uncertainty and carelessness of the most unlucky heir to the fashion empire. Sometimes the result is too cartoonish, especially against the backdrop of luxury goods, but the script of the film requires Leto to do just that. But the characters of Al Pacino and Adam Driver are more down to earth, so the actors did not have to overact, resorting to eccentric tricks.

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The House of Gucci trailer promises an adventurous story built around manipulation and growing ambition. Successful color correction with muted tones conveys the atmosphere of the 80s, and the camera captures the interiors of country villas, penthouses and boutiques. Unfortunately, the specific editing spoils the whole picture.

Ridley Scott focuses on acting, but the pace of the story, which the director chooses, turns out to be unexpectedly unhurried. Sometimes the film comes to life under opera arias, under the melodies of Italian hits, under the songs of George Michael and David Bowie. Music speeds up the rhythm of the film only for a while, and the problem with the editing of the picture becomes more noticeable. Sharp and not always appropriate transitions between scenes are striking, and the number of close-ups begins to tire.

Be that as it may, at the end of the film, Ridley Scott returns the viewer’s attention to play out the last act – it will be the most interesting part of the picture about the financial war that unfolded within the family that built the influential fashion house.

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Pros: the film is based on a crazy story of a real family; cast; atmosphere of the 80s; muted color correction; music Cons: unsuccessful editing affects the rhythm of the film, which spoils the impression of the picture; there are cartoonish moments

“House of Gucci” turns out not to be as exciting as “The Last Duel”. In the film, it is important to hear the Italian accent of the actors, so the film is worth watching in the original language.

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