How bad is House of Gucci? Well, it’s likely to go down in the pantheon of camp classics. Susan Sontag defined camp as “failed seriousness”. You can picture Faye Dunaway hacking up the rose garden in Mommie Dearest. That’s what we’re dealing with here.
For some reason, the actors have been compelled to speak in “Italian” accents. The dialogue is closer to a maxi-challenge on Drag Race than it should be. Gaga has the pleasure of delivering lines like “I’m not a particularly ethical person” or “It’s time to take out the trash!” when she isn’t chewing the set. It’s hard to believe that Ridley Scott directed this movie. Didn’t he direct Blade Runner? Years from now, you can imagine people having House of Gucci viewing parties, howling along as they deliver the lines in their best Panto Italiano accents.
House of Gucci is based on the true story of Patrizia Reggiani. She married Maurizio Gucci and became part of the Gucci dynasty. When he tried to leave her she had him whacked. She spent 18 years in prison for her efforts. Patrizia is still around today, often seen stalking the streets of Milan with a parrot on her shoulder. She has shown no remorse for her crime.