ISSUE 2: “House of Gucci” Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype

“House of Gucci” takes a look at the 1995 scandal of Gucci.



House of Gucci Theatrical Release Poster

Vikram Sambasivan, News Editor

Despite all the luxury and wealth, “House of Gucci” couldn’t buy my interest.

Starring Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci, Lady Gaga as Patrizia Gucci, Jared Leto as Paolo Gucci, Salma Hayek as Pina, Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci and Jeremy Irons Rodolfo Gucci, “House of Gucci” is a drama based on the book “House of Gucci” by Sara Gay Forden, which was based on the true story of the Gucci scandal of 1995. 

Beginning in 70s Italy, House of Gucci brings life to a story of love, power and greed. At this point in time, Gucci is a fashion powerhouse but due to their lack of innovation over the years, they’re beginning to slowly leave the forefront of the industry. This calling for new blood and creativity to be infused into Gucci fueled the scandal portrayed in this film. 

With multiple members of the family vying for more power and influence in the company along with deaths and unfinished wills partaking and influences outside of the family, seeds are planted in the minds of major players within Gucci which grow into greed, cunning and most of all, hatred. 

Looking at this movie from a broader perspective, it resembles the tragedy of Macbeth. Pina, a fortune-teller takes the place of “the Wëird Sisters” in Macbeth as she is able to sit back and gently influence the outcome of the story all throughout. Patrizia Gucci, wife of Maurizio Gucci (heir to half of Gucci) plays the role of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth as she is greatly influenced by Pina and causes the fall of everyone who supports her (being Macbeth) and radicalizes Maurizio (being Lady Macbeth). Maurizio himself ends up being Banquo as he is greatly betrayed in Patrizia’s own hunt for power and revenge. 

Despite an incredibly talented list of actors and actresses and a stunning plot, the movie is not as good as it seems. 

I felt that the film focused on the wrong aspects of this family. While this scandal itself was interesting, it would’ve been better as a book or perhaps a lengthy article or a news segment. I had hoped that it would focus less on the romantic entanglements of the Gucci family and more on the business side. While the business was definitely a prominent part, it wasn’t the focus and it didn’t go into much depth on that aspect. Perhaps, a better story would be about the founding of Gucci or how Aldo Gucci grew it into an empire. 

The story also seemed to have trouble finding itself until the end. There were points in the movie where I felt that the characters were in the exact same spot or situation as they were 30 minutes ago. It was stretched out into a two-and-a-half-hour-long movie when it could’ve been closer to two hours or 90 minutes. 

Overall my feeling at the end can be encapsulated into one emotion: meh. 

The only reason I watched House of Gucci was because of its stunning trailer, but the movie itself was a letdown. It’s not worth watching at all.