There’s nothing terribly wrong with HOUSE OF GUCCI, but I walked out of the theater feeling disappointed. There were some generally fun scenes, moments, and sequences, but nothing nearly enough to make up for the bloated two-and-a-half-hour runtime and a general lack of cohesion.
For the most part, HOUSE OF GUCCI doesn’t do anything new. If you’re a fan of family-corporate drama, SUCCESSION has you covered. If you’re into fashion, CRUELLA and LAST NIGHT IN SOHO scratches that itch. And if you really want to see Adam Driver in a Ridley Scott movie, go watch THE LAST DUEL. HOUSE OF GUCCI is less than the sum of its parts.
All that being said, Lady Gaga is so fun to watch. It’s clear she’s having fun with the character and successfully creates a multi-dimensional personality that you can’t help but root for. If this had been her movie entirely, I would’ve liked it more. While watching scenes without her in them, I was consciously waiting for her next scene. What makes it worse is whenever Jared Leto’s character is on screen. It felt like he was plucked from an entirely different movie that was supposed to come out 20 years ago.
I checked my watch two or three times during the movie, which is never a good sign.
HOUSE OF GUCCI is playing in theaters now.