Fashion is in this season!
In 2021, Ewan McGregor picked up the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in “Halston,” named for the fashion designer who rose to fame in the 1970s.
Ridley Scott was hoping that his biopic “House of Gucci” would equally impress critics with his take on the Gucci family, which is based on the 2001 book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed” by Sara Gay Forden.
Although initial reviews seemed pretty positive, critics have started to condemn the crime drama, which hit theaters on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.
As of Wednesday morning, the film was rated 66% on Rotten Tomatoes and had an audience score of 90%. By noon, it was only rated 63% fresh, and the audience score dropped a point.
Some critics have considered the film so terrible that it blew its chances of making a splash in the Oscar race.
The New York Post Slams The ‘Pale, Ugly’ Film
#HouseofGucci is an overwrought slog without any discernible direction. Too many narrative focuses stacked on top of one another. Glitzy talented names hamming it up in wealth porn can be fun, but not enough to save the movie from its own messiness
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) November 9, 2021
One of the most scathing reviews came from The New York Post. Film critic Johnny Oleksinki took issue with the accents in the film, which, as many have pointed out, sound more Russian than Italian.
Although some have praised Gaga’s performance as Patrizia Reggiano, Oleksinki wrote that “there’s no soul, genuineness, or vulnerability to the character,” adding that “it’s like watching the ‘Paparazzi’ music video on a loop for three hours.”
The review added that the film read more like a “term paper titled ‘How To Make the Assassination of a Famous Person Boring.’” They also mentioned that the movie, which promised to cover the murder of her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci (Driver) and the subsequent trial, was relegated to only the last ten minutes of “this sleep aid.”
Although the film takes place over the span of twenty years, Gaga and Driver never seem to age. Leto’s performance is described as a “stereotypical joke” and Al Pacino’s performance is just “fine.”
“The problems of ‘Gucci’ are greater than the acting, though,” the review states. “The movie, which feels longer than ‘The Ten Commandments,’ never clearly expresses why we should care a lick about the machinations of some quirky Italians and their expensive loafers.”
Critics Agree: ‘House of Gucci’ Is A House Of Cards Ready To Fall
House of Gucci is a bloated & uneven mess that feels like two different movies rolled in one. Every single cast member acts as though they are in a different movie except for Al Pacino, who seems to have understood the assignment and serves as the film’s MVP. #HouseofGucci pic.twitter.com/Y5NvVkNvqI
— Scott Menzel (@ScottDMenzel) November 9, 2021
Other reviews for the film are not much better. Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle wrote, “House of Gucci isn’t aggressively bad, but it is undeniably tedious, threadbare, and unengaging.”
Rendy Jones of Rendy Reviews called the film “A drawn-out cartoonist bio-drama masked as an award contender.”
Movie Show Plus critic Tom Santilli wrote, “House of Gucci ends up more like a house of cards, collapsing and scattering under its own overabundance of weight.”
A.O. Scott of the New York Times gave a particularly harsh review, writing, “Something is missing. A lot of things, really, but mostly a strong idea and a credible reason for existing.”
Although the film might be enough to please fans of Gaga and Driver, it seems it did little to please critics who were hoping for more glitz and glamour from the “Gucci” flick.