‘House of Gucci’ review: Lady Gaga and Adam Driver star in a fact-based drama that’s more handsome knockoff than delicious trash

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Based mostly on a guide and protecting practically twenty years from the late ’70s into the mid-’90s, the movie hinges on the connection between Gaga’s Patrizia and Driver’s Maurizio Gucci. The inheritor was at first disowned by his father (Jeremy Irons) for marrying a lower-class lady, earlier than being wooed again into the fold by his colourful uncle Aldo (Al Pacino), who sees Maurizio as having extra potential to steer the household enterprise than his foppish son, Paolo (Jared Leto, underneath probably the most unflattering make-up since Tom Cruise suited up for “Tropic Thunder”).

The story begins briskly sufficient, as Patrizia clearly units her sights on Maurizio, making his father’s suspicions that she’s “after your cash, like all of them are” seem not all that far-fetched.

As soon as collectively, he is pleased as an outcast however she yearns for extra, pressuring him to get again into the household’s good graces and ultimately to push for larger management on the expense of his family, regardless of frequent reminders that her declare to the “Gucci” identify comes by marriage, not blood.

“It is time to take out the trash,” Patrizia says, in a kind of traces seemingly written to be used within the coming sights.

It is a very age-old story, however one which takes surprising turns as the cash rolls in, and the authorities take discover of the household’s funds.

Nonetheless, aside from Leto’s over-the-top, scenery-chewing efficiency “Home of Gucci” actually would not go the additional mile to emphasize the absurdity of all of it, which makes the entire train at instances really feel extra like a barely bloated, inordinately star-studded Lifetime film than both of the 2 apparent alternate options — particularly, a Coen brothers-esque farce, or a very gripping story of lust and greed.

As a substitute, this previous “Home” will be loved for the toothiness of its performances (though the accents, Driver’s foremost, take just a little getting used to) and the soapy conditions with out feeling just like the attraction this mixture of marquee names in entrance of and behind the digital camera was supposed to yield.

After her breakout work in “A Star is Born,” Gaga demonstrates she’s not only a one-trick pony, capturing Patrizia’s avarice and attract, which causes her father’s male staff to concurrently applaud and situation catcalls when she saunters into his enterprise. As for Driver, his uncommon 12 months has included the weird musical “Annette” and interval drama “The Last Duel” (additionally with Scott directing), reflecting simply how in-demand the actor is with out absolutely bolstering the case as to why.

Definitely, the detailed touches that went into the film’s look and sound show impeccable, from the disco music within the early going (you would possibly stroll out buzzing Donna Summer season tunes) to the flashy fashions and runway reveals.

Go in with the suitable angle, in different phrases, and “Home of Gucci” can nonetheless be a great deal of enjoyable. It is simply that regardless of all its extravagant furnishings, it is constructed on a shaky basis.

“Home of Gucci” premieres Nov. 19 in US theaters. It is rated R.

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