Tom Ford was "deeply sad" for days after seeing House of Gucci, the true-life drama around the fashion empire.  

Tom, who was Gucci's creative director from 1994 to 2004, admitted he found it "hard to see the humour and camp" in Ridley Scott's film because he was so close to the scandal, though he still believes the movie will be a "hit".

In the movie, Adam Driver plays Maurizio Gucci and Lady Gaga his estranged wife Patrizia who ordered a hit job on Maurizio in 1995. 

Tom,  wrote in an essay for digital weekly Air Mail: "I recently survived a screening of the two-hour-and-37-minute film that is House of Gucci.

"The shiny, ambitious, beautifully filmed and costumed tale of greed and murder is stunning by the sheer number of stars that have been cast. The movie rivals the nighttime soap Dynasty for subtlety but does so with a much bigger budget." 

Tom, a filmmaker himself, said, "Directed by master filmmaker Ridley Scott and starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, and Salma Hayek, the film is … well, I’m still not quite sure what it is exactly, but somehow I felt as though I had lived through a hurricane when I left the theater. Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?"

He added, “I was deeply sad for several days after watching House of Gucci, a reaction that I think only those of us who knew the players and the play will feel. It was hard for me to see the humour and camp in something that was so bloody. In real life, none of it was camp. It was at times absurd, but ultimately it was tragic.

"But with Gaga’s and Driver’s strong performances, powerful over-the-top portrayals by the entire cast, impeccable costumes, stunning sets, and beautiful cinematography, the film, I suspect, will be a hit. Splash the Gucci name across things and they usually sell."

While the A Single Man filmmaker was impressed by Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Irons' performances in the movie, Tom — who didn't offer comment on Reeve Carney's portrayal of him — was let down by Al Pacino and Jared Leto. 

He commented (complained?), “At times, when Al Pacino, as Aldo Gucci, and Jared Leto, as Aldo’s son Paolo Gucci, were on-screen, I was not completely sure that I wasn’t watching a Saturday Night Live version of the tale.”

But it was Leto that stuck out like a sore thumb for him. He wrote: "Leto’s brilliance as an actor is literally buried under latex prosthetics. Both performers are given license to be absolute hams — and not of the prosciutto variety. They must have had fun.

"Paolo, whom I met on several occasions, was indeed eccentric and did some wacky things, but his overall demeanor was certainly not like the crazed and seemingly mentally challenged character of Leto’s performance.”

House of Gucci opens in Singapore cinemas on Dec 30. 


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