Tom Ford tears up movie, praises Lady Gaga’s performance
You knew the Tom Ford film review for the crime drama “House of Gucci” was going to be difficult from the front row.
“I recently survived a screening of the two hour and 37 minute film which is ‘House of Gucci’,” the fashion designer Ford wrote in an essay for the weekly digital newsletter. Airmail.
Ford, Gucci’s creative director from 1994 to 2004, got a unique personal glimpse into director Ridley Scott’s real-life drama around the fashion dynasty with Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto and Salma Hayek.
He admitted that his “opinion may be biased” when working with many of the real actors in the saga, including Maurizio Gucci, the murdered head of the fashion house played by Driver.
Ford even appears in “House of Gucci” as a minor character played by Reeve Carney.
The multifaceted designer is also a respected filmmaker, having directed “A Single Man” and “Nocturnal Animals”.
“The movie is… well, I’m still not sure what exactly it is, but somehow I felt like I had experienced a hurricane when I left. the cinema, ”Ford said on“ House of Gucci ”.
“Was it a farce or a gripping story of greed?” I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?
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Gaga and Driver both praised Ford. Leto and Pacino lead the cast in a cast that appears to be competing “to see who can chew on the most sets,” he wrote.
Here are the main takeaways from Ford’s performance:
Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci: Driver “gives a subtle and nuanced performance. He is calm in the eye of the storm swirling around him.”
Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani: More praise as a “real movie star … It’s her movie, and she steals the show.” Ford wrote that in Gaga’s “exaggerated portrayal” “the accent occasionally migrates from Milan to Moscow. But who cares? Her performance is perfect.”
Al Pacino, as Aldo Gucci, and Jared Leto, as son of Aldo, Paolo Gucci: Ford puts these performances together by saying, when the cast is onscreen, “I wasn’t quite sure if I wasn’t watching a ‘Saturday Night Live’ version of the tale.”
“Leto’s talent as an actor is literally buried under latex prosthetics,” Ford wrote. “Both artists are allowed to be absolute hams – not the prosciutto variety.”
Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci: Irons is “awesome and gives a much more understated and layered performance than his parents on screen.” Even in the praise, it was another blow to the “ham” players.
Salma Hayek as medium Pina Auriemma: Hayek is “great as always” but Ford called her role “underused”. Ford said Hayek’s cast “is particularly inspired given that her husband (François-Henri Pinault) is the current owner of Gucci, a fact that will be lost on the general public.”