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American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)
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[Darren] Criss' performance is so good that it upends The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Where Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lackluster performance pushed O.J. to the margins of his own story, Criss, aided by scripts, pushes everyone else aside.
Featuring less star power than OJ but a few stellar performances of its own, Gianni Versace will be a tougher sell to casual viewers, but those who go along for this journey into the world of a sociopath will be dramatically rewarded.
Sorry, not as good as O.J., but Criss turns in a dynamic performance in service of a desperately sad story.
Former Glee star Darren Criss inhabits Cunanan with more flash and impact than any model who ever wore one of Versace's creations.
Getting the most out of American Crime Story will similarly mean looking past the frescoes and fabrics to the plight of people whose ken for beauty fascinated a sick man and-Murphy argues-a sick society.
Darren Criss channels Tom Ripley as Andrew Cunanan. He is both the most confident person in the room and the most insecure baby you will ever meet.
While having certain characteristic features of the Murphy series such as the search for impact, it does not fall into excess. [Full Review in Spanish]
The backdrop, a giddy spin between disco and high culture, cannily catches the late 1990s mood with a mix of nostalgia and horror, homophobic cops exchanging mocking glances as Versace's colourful sex life gets whipped out for inspection.
Unknowingly, you start to care and that's what makes this Ryan Murphy show special.
Yet, the story of Gianni Versace feels fresh. That's because its a different approach. We aren't solving a murder. We're entering the mind of a sociopath.
Audience Reviews for American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Feb 01, 2021A beautiful, thrilling, intricate and sad reflexion about homophobia ,mental illness and , above all, the consequences of the american dream.
Jan 27, 2021it does feel over the top, but when it comes to story about fashion and fashionista it has to be over top. other than that pretty good show. darren criss portrayal of andrew cunanan is the highlight of the show.
Dec 29, 2020It was Homophobic , RACIST, Transphobic,and ageist . THE MOST DISGUSTING AND OFFENSE THING TO ASIANS. WATCH Taylor swift miss americana instead .
Dec 22, 2020Too dragged out. didn't need the backstory of every single character. should have been half the length to tell the story.
Dec 05, 2020Brilliant show. The show has a unique format of going back in time every episode (except for the finale), but I feel it worked great. The first four episodes were phenomenal. Really fascinating, but it is more of a season about Cunanan rather than Versace. All of the actors are amazing, especially Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Cody Fern, and Penelope Cruz. While the first season about OJ had some great actors also, this takes it up to another level. The only flaw I have about it is that episodes 5-7 were a little slow, repetitive, and boring because of the backward format of the show. The show can get extremely tense in some episodes, so much so that it is almost like watching American Horror Story (the good parts), but it gets even scarier when you stop to think about how everything actually happened in real life. My favorite episodes were 1,2,4, and 8, but I also liked episodes 3 and 9. Also, yes it jumps around, but they don't make it very confusing. Just know that most of every episode takes place before the last except for the finale.
Oct 11, 2020Although the show seems to highlight, and incentivize the murderer of Gianni Versace (which I do not condone), its historical telling of the struggles that gay men (including Gianni Versace himself, as well as the murderer) went through during the mid 1990s, which have almost been forgotten by modern society. So, although I give the series low marks for trying to make the audience feel compassion for an insane murderer who happened to be gay, I give the series incredibly high marks for reminding us of the history that gay men (including famous men like Versace) had to endure in the mid 1990s.
Oct 02, 2020Fantastic! They do a great job of fleshing out Andrew Cunanan, and while it's easy to spot the parts where artistic interpretation was used, the story comes together beautifully. The focus on the queer nature of the crime was a little heavy, and I can see this leaving a bad taste in the mouth of LGBTQ+ people. Gianni versace was never confirmed to have HIV either, and the implication that he in fact did was a little unwarranted. Overall though, this show is definitely worth a watch and will keep you engaged throughout. Entertaining in a totally different way from the first season.
Sep 26, 2020While it was not as perfect as "The People v. O.J. Simpson", "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" still has a great assortment of casting, with top notch performances from Darren Criss, a beautiful soundtrack from Mac Quayle and another YES to the show. A slow start that unravels to going back in time and getting faster and bloodier each second, with a wrap up that is pure and shocking. One of the best TV series ever!
Sep 20, 2020Excellent show about the life and assassination of Gianni Versace and the man who killed him and 4 others in a murder spree back in 1997. Stellar performances from the cast, especiall Criss and Ramirez, and Martin was also a pleasant surprise as Versace's partner Antonio D' Amico. The show focuses not so much in the crimes themselves, as in how Cunanan became a killer. The achronological presentation of the events adds to the fascinating story, and the production quality of the film is stunning.
Sep 16, 2020Wow! A powerful show. Darren Criss does a great job as Andrew Cunanan. Really creepy and sympathetic at the same time. The supporting cast is exceptional.