American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace – We Perservered But Weren’t Rewarded

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: After Darren Criss won the Golden Globe for his role as Andrew Cunanan, my interest in watching “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” increased tremendously. Admittedly, I was super reluctant after watching a lackluster OJ Simpson season. In hindsight, I should have followed my gut, over 1/2 of this film is fictitious and those still alive object to their portrayals. Plus, going backward in time with each episode from the assassination to their childhood didn’t resonate with me. I just didn’t care for the show, give me a Fyre documentary over this any day.

Plot: Follows the true story of Andrew Cunanan’s (Darren Criss) assassination of Gianni Versace (Edgar RamĂ­rez) plus his killing of four individuals prior to Versace.

Detail: We start with the killing Gianni, and then make our way backward through the killing streak back to their childhood. That is right, we cover both Versace and Cunanan as children. Why? I don’t know, may be this was required to produce 10 episodes! The last episode follows the manhunt afterward the killing of Versace and Cunanan’s final days. I did not enjoy the story being shown this way. In fact, this method deeply irritated me.

There are scenes where there is meaningful dialogue between characters and all of the characters are killed by July 1997. Unless these individuals kept detailed diaries, it is impossible to recreate their conversations and actions. The number of people who have claimed the portrayal is inaccurate surprised me. Outside of the facts of people dying, a considerable percentage of this film is fictitious.

However, I did enjoy learning more about Versace and his business. I will be searching for more on Versace. During July 1997, I was working with a bunch of miners in Australia learning about cricket, rugby, Aussie rules football and the plethora of Australian beer and I missed the news about this event.

A generous portion of the series focuses on the negative attitude that existed in the world towards homosexuals in the 1990s. The series is more akin to propaganda rather than a reenactment. Reminders of how far we have progressed as a society are always good, but the focus on the subject felt excessive and borders on overwhelming.