You are familiar with Tom Ford’s film review of the drama “House of Gucci”It was going to be difficult from the beginning.
“I recently survived a screening of the two-hour-and-37-minute film that is ‘House of Gucci,’ “Ford, fashion designer wrote an essay for the digital weekly newspaper Airmail.
Ford, the Gucci creative director from 1994 to 2004, had unique personal insight into director Ridley Scott’s true-life drama around the fashion dynasty starring Lady GagaJeremy Irons (Adam Driver), Al Pacino (Al Pacino), Jeremy Irons (Jeremy Irons), Jared Leto (Salma Hayek)
He admitted his “opinion is perhaps biased” working with many of the real-life players in the saga, including Maurizio Gucci, the slain fashion house head played by Driver.
Ford even appears in “House of Gucci” as a minor character played by Reeve Carney.
Multi-faceted designer, he is also respected as a filmmaker, having directed “A Single Man”And “Nocturnal Animals.”
“The film is…well, I’m still not quite sure what it is exactly, but somehow I felt as though I had lived through a hurricane when I left the theater,”Ford wrote. “Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?”
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Both Gaga and Driver took high praise from Ford. Leto and Pacino led the cast of actors who seem to be competing. “to see who can chew up the most scenery,”He wrote.
Here are Ford’s main takeaways:
AdamDriver as Maurizio Gucci: Driver “gives a subtle and nuanced performance. He is the calm in the eye of the storm that swirls around him.”
Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani: Greater praise as “the true star of the film… It is her film, and she steals the show.” Ford says Gaga’s accent “migrates occasionally from Milan to Moscow. But who cares? Her performance is spot-on.”
Al Pacino, as Aldo Gucci, and Jared Leto, as Aldo’s son Paolo Gucci: Ford stitches up these performances, saying, when the actors are onscreen, “I was not completely sure that I wasn’t watching a ‘Saturday Night Live’ version of the tale.”
“Leto’s brilliance as an actor is literally buried under latex prosthetics,”Ford wrote. “Both performers are given license to be absolute hams—and not of the prosciutto variety.”
Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci: Irons “terrific and gives a far more restrained and layered performance than his on-screen relatives.”Another attack on the actors of ‘ham.
Salma Hayek is a psychic Pina Auriemma Hayek “great, as always.”Ford points out the casting of Hayek “is particularly inspired given that her husband (François-Henri Pinault) is the current owner of Gucci, a fact which will be lost on the mainstream audience.”