2hrs 38mins

A glitteringly excessive ensemble cast (including a sensational Lady Gaga), combined with director Ridley Scott’s masterful eye for balancing detail with grandeur, transforms this adaptation of the 2001 book, The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed, into a fully realised spectacle of cinema.

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Ridley Scott

Lavish design, spectacular locations, a jaw-dropping cast and – at the luxury heart of this scandalous tale of the Italian house of fashion – family feuds, corruption and murder.

House of Gucci is set in 1995, in the aftermath of a sensational murder, charting the Gucci dynasty through the outrageous story of Patrizia Reggiani (the ever-iconoclastic pop chameleon Lady Gaga) and her marriage to Maurizio Gucci (played with effortless charisma by Adam Driver). Joining Gaga and Driver, the cast includes such luminaries as Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Selma Hayek, and Jared Leto.

The troubled production history of the film is by now the stuff of legend, with Ridley Scott originally casting Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio in the film’s lead roles in 2006, his son Jordan Scott then taking over and angling for Penélope Cruz; Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai stepping in in 2016 with Margot Robbie set to be Reggiani…before Ridley Scott took over again in 2019; and the complaints from Patricia Reggani’s and the actual Gucci family only add to the intrigue.

That the film delivers on all of its excessive promise, offering a wonderfully lurid story of betrayal, lacivious family feuds, and murder, make it one of the most riotously entertaining dramas of the year, as well as 2021’s greatest Greek Tragedy. Acclaim surely beckons.


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