Rambling TV: American Crime Story - The Assassination of Gianni Versace
It took me way to long to watch the first season of American Crime Story. It was damn near perfect in covering the OJ Simpson trial. So I knew I had to watch season two right away.
Season two follows serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) as he kills world famous fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez) and three others. Versace's name may be in the title, but this is really Andrew's show. The way he probably would've wanted it.
I don't think I'm going to be able to see Criss as anything other than Cunanan again. He officially has one of the most punchable faces on the planet after this. He's just good. So is Ramirez. Penelope Cruz, who got a lot of hype playing Donatella Versace was surprisingly one of the weaker acting links, which I never would've expected.
Unfortunately unlike season one, the way they told the story didn't work for me. The first episode was Versace's murder, which I think was the right thing to do, the second episode followed the aftermath, another great choice. Then they started to get into the "why" of Cunanon's psyche..and they tell his story ass backwards. I hated this gimmick, because it made the middle episodes slightly confusing. There was a time when I went to my DVR to start one and I actually questioned whether or not I had seen that particular one already because they replayed scenes from the week before. I think they would've been better off starting with the beginning of Andrew in episode 3, and building up to where he got with Versace. Showing his murders backwards didn't help the narrative.
Production wise, this show is gorgeous. It's bright, well edited, and so sharp. The acting as I said was wonderful, I just wish the episode order had been changed.
Did you watch season two? What did you think?