Written By: Ashley Bow
Review: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
One camera follows as a man named Andrew Cunanan roams the beach. Another follows Gianni Versace through his house, which overlooks the area. The two men meet only briefly, just enough time for Cunanan to shoot Versace.
This is the opening scene to the newest season of American Crime Story. The award-winning first season, The People vs. OJ Simpson, paved the grounds for this season through the topical dramatization of the OJ Simpson murders.
The second season, subtitled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, continues in this style cutting back and forth between the murder, the events leading up to it, and the effects of it on the family and the world.
The main issue for a show like this is keeping the audience interested. After all, we know how the story ends; it’s in the title. Keeping that constant motion through the push and pull of the shift between dates can be confusing for viewers, but it also keeps their attention. The show does not make viewers ask what happened but rather how it happened, and that is the question that keeps them coming back.
The actors in the show do a wonderful job of portraying their characters in a way to fit this style. The passion from Edgar Ramirez, the protectiveness of Penélope Cruz, the love of Ricky Martin, and the disconnection of Darren Criss blend well to create a realistic and enthralling recreation of Versace’s untimely death.
Overall, the show is entertaining and dramatic. And while the topic matter may not resonate with everyone, it provides an interesting glimpse into some of the history of the LGBT community and the mental illness that sent a serial killer to work.