Tom Ford 'often laughed out loud' watching 'House of Gucci,' criticizes some 'absolute hams'

You know Tom Ford’s movie review for the drama “House of Gucci” was going to be tough from the first line.

“I recently survived a screening of the two-hour-and-37-minute film that is ‘House of Gucci,’ ” the fashion designer Ford wrote in an essay for the digital weekly newsletter Airmail.

Ford, the Gucci creative director from 1994 to 2004, had unique personal insight into director Ridley Scott’s true-life drama around the fashion dynasty starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Jared Leto, and Salma Hayek.

He admitted his “opinion is perhaps biased” working with “many players in the saga,” including Maurizio Gucci, the slain fashion house head played by Driver. Ford even appears in “House of Gucci” as a minor character played by Reeve Carney.

Ford is also a respected filmmaker, having directed “A Single Man” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

“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,” Ford wrote. “Was it a farce or a gripping tale of greed? I often laughed out loud, but was I supposed to?”

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Tom Ford 'often laughed out loud' watching 'House of Gucci,' criticizes some 'absolute hams'

Both Gaga and Driver take high praise from Ford. While Leto and Pacino lead the actors who seem to be competing “to see who can chew up the most scenery,” he writes.

Here are Ford’s main takeaways:

Adam Driver as Maurizio Gucci: Driver “gives a subtle and nuanced performance. He is the calm in the eye of the storm that swirls around him as his fellow actors all battle to see who can chew up the most scenery.”

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani: Greater praise as “the true star of the film… It is her film, and she steals the show.” Ford says Gaga’s accent “migrates occasionally from Milan to Moscow. But who cares? Her performance is spot-on.”

Al Pacino, as Aldo Gucci, and Jared Leto, as Aldo’s son Paolo Gucci: Ford stitches up these performances, saying, when the actors are onscreen, “I was not completely sure that I wasn’t watching a ‘Saturday Night Live’ version of the tale.”

“Both performers are given license to be absolute hams—and not of the prosciutto variety,” Ford writes.

Tom Ford 'often laughed out loud' watching 'House of Gucci,' criticizes some 'absolute hams'

Jeremy Irons as Rodolfo Gucci: Irons is “terrific and gives a far more restrained and layered performance than his on-screen relatives.”

Salma Hayek as psychic Pina Auriemma: Hayek is “great, as always.” Ford points out that the casting of Hayek “is particularly inspired given that her husband (François-Henri Pinault) is the current owner of Gucci, a fact which will be lost on the mainstream audience.”

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