Lady Gaga takes on the role of Patrizia Reggiani for her second ever movie
Las Vegas residents have had a front row seat to the monstrous last couple of years that Lady Gaga has had. In the short time that Gaga was a Vegas headliner she made gigantic inroads in our community with her Born This Way Foundation, launched not one, but two residencies and had an Academy Award winning movie, “A Star is Born,” hit theaters – her first film by the way.
We could make the case that Gaga is an overachiever of the highest order. Instead, we are going to focus on her latest achievement, “House of Gucci.”
Star Filled House
For her latest role, Gaga takes on the role of Patrizia Reggiani, wife of Maurizio Gucci, of Gucci – yes, that Gucci. “House of Gucci” is Gaga’s second big screen movie and is based on the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden.
Director Ridley Scott assembled a who’s who of Hollywood talent for the movie that crams two decades of story into a two hour and 37 minute movie. The film stars Adam Driver (Maurizio), Al Pacino (Aldo Gucci), Jared Leto (Paolo Gucci), Salma Hayek (Pina Auriemma) and Jeremy Irons (Rodolfo Gucci).
The True Story-ish
Yes, the film chronicles Patrizia’s small and humble beginnings to her epic rise as the wife of Gucci, whose family is the most sought after in fashion, and onto her hiring hitmen to kill him – all true by the way. But, it lacks some of the most salacious, absurd and cut throat stories that are the stuff made of legends.
Ya know, the stories that beg for a ‘rich people be crazy’ cry from your best girlfriend. The dirt is missing. The gossip is gone. The fun è andato, (translation: is gone).
Instead, the movie lends itself to the performers and their performances, giving them enough room to hang themselves as it were. If the film were a fashion line, Jared Leto would be the accessory that is over-the-top in unnecessary ways. He plays a dopey cousin Paolo that is over exaggerated. But, not gonna lie, he is so unrecognizable that you can get lost while watching him. Think of it as an iridescent belt on a black dress, you just can’t stop looking at it!
Adam Driver is fan-freaking-tastic. He is strong, solid and perfectly reserved for his role as Maurizio. Without a doubt, he delivers the best performance in the film. He is the ‘blacker than my heart’ tuxedo type wearing the crispiest white dress shirt in the movie. He is understated and stunning at the same time.
As for Gaga, she delivers a fiery and crazed Patrizia. She has the unique ability to turn on the bedroom eyes as quickly as she does the ‘hide the knives’ look. She is the “tiny black dress” that is great for some occasions but absolutely disastrous in others.
While us Vegas mortals are no longer in the presence of Goddess Gaga on the Strip, we do find ourselves in the vicinity of a Gucci store. “House of Gucci” will dish up some background dirt on the flagship store that takes up a spot on the strip. Watch the movie, walk into the store and then, speak as though you know the family themselves.
“House of Gucci” is rated R and is open in theaters November 24.