House of Gucci
I’m a big fan of Ridley Scott and The Last Duel is one of my favorite movies of the year. But sadly, House of Gucci just didn’t do it for me. It tries to pack in a lot, which gives it a runtime reaching over two-and-a-half hours, but the pacing falls out of whack because of the disparate storylines. But there’s certainly a lot to like, particularly if you like A-list movie stars. Lady Gaga comes in with her first film role since A Star Is Born and absolutely owns it. I’ve seen a lot of people say she goes over the top, but I think out of everyone in the movie, she’s the one at the perfect speed. Meanwhile, the off-kilter plot and characters do most of the heavy lifting and make House of Gucci at least worth a watch for yourself. There were definitely people in my particular screening who seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely.
The Power of the Dog
My experience with The Power of the Dog is one that I wish I could have more often — I heard that a big name actor (Benedict Cumberbatch) and director (Jane Campion) were making a movie together which was garnering massive critical acclaim, and the movie was coming to Netflix. So I fired this one up on the streaming service without so much as having scene a trailer. And my reaction is ultimately mixed. I think a second viewing of this flick is going to do wonders for me. For the first hour or so, I was following the plot, but it plodded along and I struggled to see the point in any of it. But as it picked up steam thematically and story-wise in the latter half, I found myself already slipping in my interest. Looking back, I know this was my own fault. Because the film’s ending still hit hard for me, but watching it while understanding what it is leading to will likely create a whole new experience. The Power of the Dog is undeniably something special. Try not to do what I did, and don’t get lost in its initially slow pace.