The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Review
The new installment of American Crime Story premiered Wednesday night on FX and it’s following the huge success of their first season about the infamous OJ Simpson case. But this time around, it’s about the assassination of fashion mogul, Gianni Versace.
The first scene is long and over dramatized of the day of the assassination, July 15th, 1997 with Gianni going about like it’s just another day and it’s then compared to Andrew Cunanan who looks to be having a terrible day. This long scene eventually cues up to Andrew seeing Gianni from across the street opening the gate to his mansion where Andrew pulls out his gun and kills him.
Then it goes into looking into Andrew Cunanan and who he is and how he knows Gianni Versace which I’m assuming will lead up to why he killed him and the other 4 people he killed. The show bounces back and forth going back as far as 7 years when Gianni and Andrew first meet in a club where Versace ends up inviting him to the opera where it seems pretty clear that Gianni like him.
It then jumps back to the aftermath of the murder where Gianni is taken to the hospital, paparazzi are just trying to get as many pictures as they can, and Andrew is on the run. But it turns out he was already on the run before killing Gianni because he’s previously killed 4 other people and the FBI have been looking for him for a while now. We also get to see Donatella Versace, Gianni’s sister, and his partner, Antonio, and we see how she deals with his death by going on with the Versace brand as Antonio struggles to explain to the police him and Gianni’s 15 year relationship.
Overall, it’s a very different take on a real-life murder in relation to the OJ Simpson case but it’s probably because it’s a completely different situation. The Assassination of Gianni Versace seems to overly dramatic with the operatic background music when in reality, not a whole lot happened plot-wise. But what’s interesting is that it’s a very different approach because rather than a whodunnit, it’s a whydunnit because we already know who dies and who the killer is but we don’t know why yet. In order to find out why, they’re diving into Andrew Cunanan’s character who is a little odd but interesting regardless.
Samantha Nguyen covers entertainment news for MFST. You can follow her on Twitter @sngyenthai
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