Although “American crime story: the assassination of John Versace“ aired on FX in mid January, I have only just recently decided to give it a go.
Last year, I watched season one of Brian Murphy is “The People v. O.J. Simpson“ and I found that extremely fascinating and interesting.
I had quite high hopes this second season but to be fair, I’m not that impressed with its first episode.
Quick recap, the story is about (like the title suggests) the assassination of notorious italian fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his home in Miami Beach, Florida.
From the title of the show I was under the impression that the show would be ONLY about what happens after the murder. But in reality, they are going back and forth in time to show his killer and Versace’s relationship.
I thought that it would be just like “The People v. O.J. Simpson”, and this change completely threw me off.
Being Italian, I kind of hoped they would cast Italian actors to play Italians but instead they cast Spanish actors. I get that all languages are similar and it’s easier for them to speak Italian but… come on!
Aside from this, the show is stunning. I absolutely loved the yellow tone that represents Florida so well, the camerawork was so good. The first scene lasts quite a long time: It’s the 10 minutes (more or less) that preceded Gianni’s death. The music that they chose was fantastic and as an opening scene, it made quite an impact.
So far, I have only seen the first episode. And although I currently don’t think it’s as good as season one, I’ll probably keep watching. I know nothing about Gianni Versace so I’m eager to find out more about his life.
It would not “American crime story“ if it didn’t deal with important social issues of the time: in “The people versus O.J. Simpson“ racism, sexism, and police brutality were protagonists alongside those involved This one, it’s about homophobia and fear of the gay community in Florida in the mid-90s.
The show stirred some controversy in Italy because of how Ryan Murphy, creator of the show, decided to portray Gianni Versace. People who actually knew him went on programs on TV to say how little of his life and his artistic side was shown. I haven’t seen it all yet but to those people I say: “Did you not see the title of the show? It clearly states: assassination.”
To conclude, the quality of the show is still great, the actors gave a wonderful performance and it is clear that it’s very well made. My only hope is that they can keep people interested and focused on the show despite going back and forth in time.
What’s your opinion? Did you see the show? Should I keep going on? Let me know!