American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a glimpse into the horrific murder of Gianni Versace. Three episodes in and I’m not sure if I can continue watching.
*spoiler but not spoiler because it’s a true story*
If you watched season one of American Crime Story, then you must’ve been hooked with the details of the OJ trial like I was. Being born after the trial, I was able to learn things about the case I didn’t know before through the show. The storytelling was great and each episode left me wanting to know what came next. Season One won numerous awards and rightfully so.
Let’s move on to season two.
Some background: Gianni Versace was murdered on the front steps of his uber-aesthetic mansion in Miami during the summer of 1997. The killer, Andrew Cunanan, played by Glee star, Darren Criss, has an obsession with Versace. A scary obsession* He was an escort for high profile men. Prior to killing Versace, Cunanan was responsible for four murders across the US.
Unlike season one where the show follows the events after the murder, season two follows the life of the Cunanan leading up to the murder. I don’t want to watch a show about a serial killer, I want to watch a show about Versace’s murder.
The murders were done in horrific and gruesome ways. I can handle dark and terrible shows; I just finished the Handmaid’s Tale. For some reason, though, I’m having an extremely hard time getting through each episode without feeling sick to my stomach. Maybe because it’s all based on true events?
Each episode gives us a small glimpse into Versace’s life, but not to the extent of what the title misleads. While we are still early in the season, I can only hope we eventually move more to Versace and less of Cunanan.
Do I Recommend? Yes, why not. If you’re a fashion lover I think knowing the story of Versace’s murder (murderer* ahem) will be fascinating regardless. The acting is so well done that you almost believe it’s the real thing.
I’ll have a follow up with my thoughts at the end of the season… if I can make it. Catch it every Wednesday on FX.
hugs & kisses,