Tom Ford isn’t mincing his words when it comes to his thoughts about “House of Gucci.”
And neither is the actualBoth the luxury clothing label and the fashion designer, 60, expressed their disgust over the movie.
Ford was theof the Gucci fashion label in the 1990s. And so it was perfectly fitting for filmmaker to give his take on the
Actor Reeve Carney portrays the young and rising designer in “House of Gucci” and Ford penned his thoughts in an essay for.
He enjoyed the flick’s costumes and sets, as well as stars Lady Gaga and Adam Drivers’ performances.
“The movie rivals the nighttime soap ‘Dynasty’ for subtlety but does so with a much bigger budget,” Ford noted.
“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,” he wrote. “Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?”
The “A Single Man” director continued, “I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?” He then touched upon the performances of Al Pacino as Aldo Gucci and his son Paolo Gucci (Jared Leto) and said they were a “‘Saturday Night Live’ version” of the Gucci family.
Ford then explained that Leto’s portrayal of Paolo was not like how the real-life businessman was. “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,” Ford wrote.
Ford concluded that he was “deeply sad for several days after watching ‘House of Gucci.’”
“It was hard for me to see the humor 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,” he penned. “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.”
The Gucci family also issued a scathing yet savage statement,, in response to the film on Monday. The fashion dynasty said, “The production of the film did not bother to consult the heirs before describing Aldo Gucci — president of the company for 30 years [played by Al Pacino in the film] — and the members of the Gucci family as thugs, ignorant and insensitive to the world around them,” the statement said.
“This is extremely painful from a human point of view and an insult to the legacy on which the brand is built today,” the statement continued. “[The film] couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“Gucci is a family that lives honoring the work of its ancestors, whose memory does not deserve to be disturbed to stage a spectacle that is untrue and which does not do justice to its protagonists,” it concluded, also adding that “the members of the Gucci family reserve the right to take action to protect the name, image and dignity of themselves and their loved ones.”
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