Sometimes the big screen helps you escape reality with a big dose of glitz and glamour. Sometimes it has you on the edge of your seat with thrilling drama. Sometimes it tells you amazing real-life stories. If you’re really lucky, it does all this at once. House of Gucci is a (true) tale of style, wealth, power… and murder. Here’s why we (and everyone else) can’t wait for it to hit the big screen…
It’s based on a bonkers true storyLove, betrayal, revenge…this is one juicy story – and it’s based on real events. Lady Gaga plays Patrizia Reggiani, an Italian socialite who marries into one of the world’s biggest fashion empires. Her husband, Maurizio Gucci, is heir to the family business, and the two become a jet-setting uber glamorous power couple. But after their marriage falls apart, Patrizia is out for revenge, and things take a dark turn. What’s that they say about being dressed to kill?
The bellissimo castThis is Gaga’s first film since her Oscar-nominated debut in A Star Is Born and she’s paired with the always-wonderful Adam Driver (Star Wars, Marriage Story, BlacKkKlansman). Want even more star power? How about Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Jared Leto as members of the Gucci clan – though you might not recognise Leto in his incredible prosthetics. Salma Hayek also stars as a clairvoyant.
That glamorous Gucci lifestyleReggiani famously once said: “It’s better to cry in a Rolls-Royce than to be happy on a bicycle” (and apparently spent £9000 a month on orchids), so needless to say we can expect plenty of ridiculously over the top glamour and opulence. The film was shot mostly on location in Italy, including in Rome and Milan — and at the largest private villa on Lake Como. There are also scenes set in Paris and in legendary New York nightclub Studio 54.
The wardrobe is killerObviously. A film about one of the most famous fashion houses in the world is of course going to have some fabulous threads — especially as Gucci themselves opened up their private archives for the film. Costume designer Janty Yates also raided Gaga’s own collection of vintage designer clothes. The film is mainly set in the 80s and 90s so expect big shoulders, big hair, big jewels, big everything. Plus, Adam Driver in an epic cable knit sweater.
The director is a legendRidley Scott’s CV is, quite frankly, ridiculous. He’s directed nearly 30 films — including Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and The Martian — and shows no signs of slowing down (he also directed this summer’s The Last Duel). This man knows a good story when he sees one.
A brilliant retro soundtrackThe film’s trailers have given us a glimpse of what to expect. Basically, lots of retro bangers – including the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams and a haunting version of Blondie’s Heart of Glass. And after scooping the Best Original Song Oscar for A Star Is Born….dare we hope Gaga is sprinkling her musical magic on this, too?
Get lost in glitz, glamour and Gaga: book tickets for House of Gucci now.