An Honest Review
On July 15, 1997, serial killer Andrew Cunanan shot fashion designer Gianni Versace on the steps of his house in Miami, Florida. The recent FX show, The Assassination of Gianni Versace tells this story. While most shows of this sort are normally from the perspective of the victim, this show is solely from Andrew’s point of view, and is better for it.
Firstly, let’s just talk about how uncanny the resemblance between Andrew Cunanan and Darren Criss is. This fact alone makes the show that much more believable and helps initiate the temporary suspension of disbelief.
Known initially for his role as the upbeat, flamboyant Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Glee, some people were wary of him being cast in this more serious role of a killer. While the two roles could not be more different, Darren Criss has exceeded expectations of fans who thought him incapable of playing this role due to the severity of the theme. However, both Glee and The Assassination of Gianni Versace were directed by Ryan Murphy and as somebody that worked with Darren Criss for 5 years, I think it’s safe to say that Murphy knew what he was doing.
The order in which the episodes tells the story is unique, if a little tedious for those with bad memory. While the very beginning of episode one takes place in 1997, the rest of the episode takes place in 1993. Similarly, the following episodes are told in a reverse chronological order, but in the end makes the story that much more interesting and makes you crave more.
Because of this order, and of the intensity of the show in general which leaves you craving for more, it’s better, in my opinion, for this show to be binged as a sort of crime movie. A lot of people that watched this show when it came out have watched it again this way and have said it was better.
Edgar Ramirez, who plays Versace, also has a very uncanny resemblance to his character.
Not only that, but his portrayal of Versace is one not to be forgotten, especially anytime soon. In addition to the actual acting, the chemistry between everyone on screen is amazing and you really get the sense that if anyone else had been cast as the characters in this show, it just wouldn’t have worked. The cast works so well together and in the end, the story comes together perfectly.
I’d have to say this show is the best show of 2018 so far. I can’t wait to see what the next season of American Crime Story will bring and I can’t wait to see what Darren Criss does next. I rate this show 10/10 and I beg that people watch it as it gives you an inside perspective of Andrew’s life both before and after the infamous crime.