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Getting the most out of American Crime Story will similarly mean looking past the frescoes and fabrics to the plight of people whose ken for beauty fascinated a sick man and-Murphy argues-a sick society.
Part of the emotional power of Assassination is that the designer, in his own way, was helping the world make the transition into a different place - a transition he tragically didn't live long enough to see.
[Darren] Criss' performance is so good that it upends The Assassination of Gianni Versace: Where Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lackluster performance pushed O.J. to the margins of his own story, Criss, aided by scripts, pushes everyone else aside.
Featuring less star power than OJ but a few stellar performances of its own, Gianni Versace will be a tougher sell to casual viewers, but those who go along for this journey into the world of a sociopath will be dramatically rewarded.
Versace wants to be an opera too. The show, cribbing from recent-enough history to build a narrative of increasingly high dudgeon, is rigorous about its devotion to aesthetic and to its big ideas about culture and society.
With an array of fantastic performances and an eye to exploring the complexity of contemporary queerness, American Crime Story has produced another interesting history play to chew on -- one with a lingering, intriguing aftertaste.
The quality of Smith's script is honored effectively through the direction of the series, by Matt Bomer, Gwyneth Horder-Payton and series creator Ryan Murphy, and through exquisite performances, beginning with that of Darren Criss.
"The Assassination of Gianni Versace" is more personal and heartfelt than Murphy's "The People v. O.J. Simpson," and proves that when it comes to seductive allure laced with menace, no one in TV is Murphy's match.
If you need to know definitively, with "Law and Order"-like objectivity, then "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" will be tough going. If, on the other hand, you're tantalized by the fantasies Cunanan created for himself, then carry on.