This week the second season of American Crime Story as premiere with a new story to tell: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. As the name shows, it explores the murderer of iconic fashion designer by the serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997.
I don’t know much about the crime – I was six when it happen – and decided not to research about it and have my first experience of it through the show. Even though the Versace family stated that the show is not authorized and should be taken as a fiction piece, I want to be amazed by Ryan’s vision of the event.
For those of you who don’t know, Ryan Murphy is one of my favorite director and creator in the whole world – if you don’t know who he is a) shame on you and b) click here to know awesome shows from him that you are missing! I’ve decided to review this one for many reasons:
- Is about fashion in a way, so it goes with the blog’s theme;
- We can learn about past cultures, lifestyle, fashion trends, events and more;
- In terms of television, it has a different aesthetic that it is worth sharing;
- Darren Criss is one of my favorite actores and has the lead role *fangirling here*
- If you don’t know who Darren is, you always have Ricky Martin as well!
- Donatella’s clothes (Penelope Cruz’ character) were designed by Project Runway Alumni Michael Costello!
Without major spoilers, I’m commenting what I liked or disliked about each episodes.
The story has two timelines:
October 1990 – When Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) met with Gianni (Edgar Ramírez) and how their relationship started;
June 1997 – The day of the murderer, from Gianni Versace waking up to the arrival of Donatella (Penelope Cruz) after her brothers’ death. We meet Andrew kind having a breakdown that later ends on him shooting Gianni and the beggining of his runaway from the police, as well as the investigation lead by Detective Lori Wieder (Dascha Polanco) and Detective Scrimshaw (Will Chase) and the interrogation of Gianni’s partner Antonio D’Amico (Ricky Martin).
The photography on this show is amazing, the colors and the angles all come in beautiful harmony. I think the creators could have avoid the “unauthorized” drama that came around the show if they have tried to include the family in the creative process of the show (I don’t have the information that they didn’t asked, I just assumed from the family statement) – even if at the end of the day they would based it on the book (the unauthorized Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U. S. History from Maureen Orth).
Everyone’s performances where awesome: from the sociopathy in Darren’s movements, from the suffering of Ricky and the pain in Donatella’s eyes. By the way, I was rooting for Lady Gaga to be casted as Donatella, but Penelope was a great choice as well!
I’m so excited to see where the story goes and how Andrew is going to become darker!
That’s it for today guys!
Did you watch the first episode?
Let me know your opinions in the comments bellow!
See you soon*
Image Credits: IMDB