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House of Gucci

First things first – Brighton Odeon is in desperate need of a renovation. On the way out, multiple people were complaining about how this was too long. It wasn’t, the problem was just that the seats were fucking uncomfortable. 

The film itself – I have to admit I was hoping for and expecting more. I love most of Ridley Scott’s filmography, and even the not so good parts of it tend at least be very well put together. This, although quite watchable, felt a little flat. 

I saw a roundtable discussion with Ridley Scott recently where he spoke about how he only makes films for himself, not for audiences. I can only assume he just doesn’t care about accents anymore because this is the second film of his this year where they’ve been a problem. Admittedly though, I do think I tend to have more of an issue with this kind of thing than most people do, so I’ll try not to let that hold too much weight on my overall opinion. 

My biggest issue was that I didn’t feel much for any of the characters. I get the sequence of events, I get why they happen and I think I understand the motivations behind them, but nothing clicked in a way where I could feel any empathy for anyone involved. I don’t think it’s the fault of the actors, but everyone just comes across as either psychopathic or just really shallow. The result is that what is potentially a very interesting story just doesn’t hit anywhere that a documentary couldn’t, because it doesn’t do what a film is supposed to do as a bare minimum for its characters.

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