Film view: Lady Gaga harbors murderous intentions in Ridley Scott’s drama House of Gucci


Four-time Oscar nominee Ridley Scott is bidding on this elusive Best Director statuette with lavish crime drama scripted by Becky Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna, based on Sara Gay Forden’s book The House Of Gucci: A Sensational Story Of Murder , Madness, Glamor, And Greed.

The ambitious Italian socialite Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) courts the businessman Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), grandson of Guccio Gucci, founder of the luxury brand.

Their marriage secures him a seat at the dynastic table headed by Maurizio’s father, Rodolfo (Jeremy Irons) and his uncle Aldo (Al Pacino).

In order for Patrizia to wield greater influence in the corridors of power, she must weaken the Gucci family from within.

She exploits tiny rifts between Maurizio and the rest of the clan, including her outgoing cousin Paolo (Jared Leto).

As tensions heat up, scheming minx Patrizia finds herself at odds with her own spouse and she implements a murderous plan to quickly shed the emotional baggage that is slowing her rise up the social ladder.

7/10

ENCANTO (PG)

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda crowns an extremely busy year in front and behind the camera (In The Heights, Vivo and Tick, Tick … BOOM!) By composing original songs by Jared Bush, Byron Howard and Charise Castro Smith. computer animated musical fantasy.

Surprisingly, his exuberant and lyrically ingenious songbook lacks an authentic earworm to elevate Disney’s 60th animated adventure above his toe-tapping job on Moana or spoof husband-and-wife duo Robert Lopez and Kristen. Anderson-Lopez haunting melodies on the Frozen movies.

What Encanto lacks in instantly hummable tunes, it makes up for in the vibrant colors and traditions of Colombian culture, brought to life by impeccable art and pretty visual flourishes, including an enchanted house that communicates emotions by moving its shutters. and its floor tiles.

The film’s courageous heroine, Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatrix), continues the lineage of the studio’s independent and spirited women, who proactively change their fortunes and harness their inner strength without asking a man’s permission.

As one parent tenderly advises, “You are exactly what this family needs. You just need to see it.

During a subsequent quest for empowerment, the sensitive strings are repeatedly plucked by the script by Bush and Castro Smith and the musical score of composer Germaine Franco swells to the point of bursting.

A mountain town in Colombia is home to successive generations of the Madrigal family led by imperious matriarch Abuela Alma (Maria Cecilia Botero).

She is the keeper of a magical candle, lit at its darkest hour when her husband sacrificed himself to protect loved ones from harm.

The flickering totem grants special powers to madrigals when they come of age.

Abuela’s daughter Julieta (Angie Cepeda) can heal wounds with her cooking, her other daughter Pepa (Carolina Gaitan) manipulates time with her moods, while her estranged son Bruno (John Leguizamo) can guess the future.

The only member of the household not blessed with the candle is Julieta’s youngest daughter, Mirabel.

When the family home is threatened by a dark force, Mirabel emerges from the shadows of her gifted siblings – super strong Luisa (Jessica Darrow) and unbelievably perfect Isabela (Diane Guererro) – to search for the key that will protect her loved ones.

Encanto is adorned with fierce but imperfect female figures, and in a timely reversal of fortune, the male counterparts are extremely sloppy and often blend into the lavishly painted background.

An energetic opening musical number explaining Madrigal’s family tree barely stops to catch its breath, setting a cheerful tempo paired with expertly crafted action sequences.

The Bush, Howard and Castro Smith film does not deviate from a path well traced by previous Disney animations but plays on its strengths, placing family values ​​at the heart of a story that defiantly beats in the face of the adversity.

7.5 / 10

A BOY CALLED NOL (PG)

News of comfort and joy spill over into director Gil Kenan’s exhilarating adventure adapted by director and Ol Parker from Matt Haig’s 2015 book.

Using the same framing device as The Princess Bride – an elderly relative (Dame Maggie Smith) feasts initially skeptical moppets with a bizarre story that ignites their imaginations and ultimately thaws their hearts – A Boy Called Christmas postulates an alternate origin story for Father Christmas and the tradition of giving gifts at the end of the year.

A life lesson on how to cope with grief (“Grieving is the price we pay for love, but it’s worth it a million times over”) is embellished with sweet sentimentality and magical surges of fantasy, including a talking mouse who dreams of cheese and benevolent elves blessed with wish spells.

A brisk pace rings the audience’s bells through a few narrative lulls, but the promise of a flying reindeer and Smith pursing his lips around choice liners in current sections rule out the threat of an early freeze.

Rising star Henry Lawfull exudes wide-eyed innocence as a brave teenage hero, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after his precious possession – a doll carved from a turnip – suffers a most heinous fate.

He plays the heartbroken little boy Nikolas, who lives in a forest in the middle of Finland with his lumberjack father Joel (Michiel Huisman).

The hard-working parent believes that money will ease the grief of losing a wife.

“To be good is better than to be rich,” cooed the boy. “If you forgot it, dad, then you forgot mum.

When the swashbuckling king of the kingdom (Jim Broadbent) offers a beautiful reward to prove that hope and wonder exists, Joel abandons his boy to join an expedition led by Anders the Hunter (Rune Temte) to the legendary land of the elves.

Nikolas begs to join the quest but the child languishes at home in the company of cruel Aunt Carlotta (Kristen Wiig).

The chance discovery of an Elfhelm map sewn into the lining of a red hat propels Nikolas and the pet mouse Miika (voiced by Stephen Merchant) on an epic odyssey.

Crossing a treacherous winter wonderland, the adventurers befriended an injured reindeer, which they named Blitzen after the lake where Nikolas went sledding with his mother.

The boy and the mouse also meet an elf elder (Toby Jones), his great-granddaughter Little Noosh (Indica Watson) and a mischievous Truth Pixie (Zoe Margaret Colletti).

A Boy Called Christmas is a healthy and pleasantly enjoyable prelude to Christmas festivities.

Kenan and Parker’s script gently oscillates between humor and heartbreak, augmented with assured digital effects to bring colorful fairytale creatures to life like a slobbering troll.

The fears are light, sprinkled with a good seasonal mood.

6/10


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