The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story — A Must See Show
One of the best new shows of 2018, in my opinion, is The Assassination of Gianni Versace on FX.
If you are not familiar with this case, it involved fashion designer and icon Gianni Versace, who was at the top of his fashion world and was quickly evolving into so much more. However, everything came to a halt in 1997, when he was shot and murdered near his home in Florida by Andrew Cunanan.
However, the show was created and produced by the talented Ryan Murphy whose credits include Nip Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson, and Feud. This new series is based on the non-fiction book by Maureen Orth‘s, Vulgar Favors. The story is taken from her book that gives the account of psycho-killer Andrew Cunanan.
The main reason it is a must watch is due to the casting of the actors. Ryan Murphy, and his team of writers and producers, have really outdone themselves with the casting. First, you have Edgar Ramirez, who is uncanny as Gianni Versace, and Penelope Cruz as Gianni’s sister, also a fashion icon in her own right, is splendid. Ricky Martin portrays Gianni’s partner and lover Antonio, and let us not forget the portrayal of the unforgettable performance by Darren Criss as the demented Andrew Cunanan. It depicts life in Miami and South Beach, and shows Gianni’s and Andrew’s world collide. Cunanan was a gay man who wanted to live the finer life and wanted to pretend to be in a higher class to fit in. This is when his obsession with the famous Italian designer began.
Clearly, this show focuses on the tragic murder, which happened in July of 1997. But one of the most amazing storytelling in this series is how it goes back and forth from the time of the murder to detail the string of gruesome murders by Cunanan. Then it also details Gianni’s rise in the fashion world and his relationship with his sister Donatella, as well as his lover Antonio and their complicated relationship.
Now, there is violence and nudity so clearly, this is an adult show. But what I love is the suspenseful and edge-of-your-seat moments this series brings. Let us not forget how the show depicts Versace’s iconic signature of the Medussa.
Here is the trailer for the show.
If you have not seen it, be sure to check it out! It airs on FX at 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesdays, check your local listings.
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