House of Gucci

House of Gucci ★★★★★

Sir Ridley is on fire this year!

Some may fault House of Gucci for not going all-in on its soap opera-y potential, but Scott knows the narrative is strong enough without such flourishes. That being said, House of Gucci is still quite a bit of fun, with each actor clearly relishing the opportunity to go big (Jared Leto is basically a cartoon in this movie, and I mean that as a compliment). Adam Driver and Al Pacino bring emotional gravitas to their every scene, while Lady Gaga is the larger-than-life center of the whole thing. All in all, a big Thanksgiving movie with big movie stars - what’s not to like?

Also, can I just remark how thrilling it is to watch Pacino in action onscreen in 2021? Yes, yes, he's my favorite actor not named Robert De Niro - but his final few scenes in this film (in which Aldo Gucci is betrayed and ousted from his own company) are genuinely heartbreaking to watch, courtesy of Pacino's immense screen presence.

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