Run time: 158 mins
Lady Gaga and Adam Driver are front of house in Ridley Scott’s delirious, decadent descent into the deadly world of fashion.
In 1970s Milan, Patrizia falls for Maurizio Gucci the instant she hears his name. His father Rodolfo (Irons) doesn’t trust her, and cuts Maurizio off from his 50% share in the fashion house. Frustrated, Patrizia appeals to Rodolfo’s more commercially minded brother Aldo (Pacino), who is fed up with his idiot designer-wannabe son Paolo. As his fortune grows, Maurizio distances himself from Patricia’s conniving ways and, in a fit of jealousy, she hatches a devious plan of betrayal and revenge.
An eclectic ensemble orbit around the razor-sharp Lady Gaga whose excellent lead performance following A Star is Born is every bit as sympathetic as it is repulsive. Driver gives Maurizio a fascinating nerdy haplessness, which shifts into something complex and layered as his fortunes change. Elsewhere, Jeremy Irons is the perfect foil to Al Pacino, who is also particularly strong in a typically scene-chomping role.
Incredibly entertaining and impeccably designed, it’s a riveting, outrageous true-story narrative that’s rightfully soaked in glitz and greed. (Chris Coetsee)