American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace Review 📺
Despite being a huge fan of the first season of this show, I didn’t know what to expect from season 2, seeing as I had no idea about the subject matter. One thing that’s for sure, is that I could have never predicted how impactful and resonant it would be for me.
This show explores the character of Andrew Cunanan, along as Gianni Versace, in such unrelenting detail; but that wasn’t what surprised me. What surprised me was how extensively the show develops and how much time is devoted to pay respect to the victims through exploring their lives during, and before the killings of Cunanan - instead of being treated like victims, they’re treated like humans, something many other shows would gloss over. Entire episodes are given to Finn Wittrock and Cody Fern’s character, with their individual stories being carried on throughout the show, further elaborating on other details of their lives. The time spent developing Jeff Trail, Wittrock’s character, and his story, particularly resonated with me. -
The lingering, underlying message and themes surrounding the injustices faced by the LGBT community, by the community, law enforcement and religious figures really affected me, and felt very personal and real in their execution. -
Genuinely every single character who appears on the show is performed either very well, or incredibly, with the highlights, justly, being Darren Criss and Édgar Ramirez. The writing is truly brilliantly throughout, propelling the characters and the narrative forward, whilst being very memorable and providing the characters with a ton of depth. -
The reverse chronological order of the show feels perfect, with each episode further and further delving into the psyche of the killer and his victims, ramping up steadily to the nail-biting, emotional conclusion. -
This show worked for me so well specifically, due to my complete lack of knowledge on the matter, however, even if you’re entrenched in the source material, you will undoubtedly be able to appreciate the direction, cinematography, soundtrack and performances which are, fittingly, glamorous.