As one has to expect, the fictionalization of a true event is often quite more lurid, sexy and downright sensationalized than what happened. Even if that event is the shooting of Gianni Versace as revealed across the new FX mini-series American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Silent long camera shots, and pans across an ornate Italian villa located in Miami, unique wan-colored properties of southern Florida, and lots of skin of both men and women, are what were shown on the premier episode of the show. But also Wednesday night’s retelling made it seem that tourists got close enough to the crime scene of Versace’s house to take away some grisly souvenirs and that basically Ocean Blvd was a chaotic scene seen by many. And a flame licked coffin is sure to have been included for a certain visual flair.
Lest we forget, some of the team here is responsible for American Horror Story. Capturing chilling images are their stock and trade. But facts are facts, and lots of what we see across this premier episode were embellishments, to be sure..
What does work spot-on though are the performances. Penélope Cruz began what might turn out to be quite the star turn, portraying Donatella Versace at the end of the first episode. We see the reemergence of Ricky Martin to public viewing, as he plays Gianni Versace’s long-time partner Antonio D’Amico. And there are the absolute star turns of Darren Criss recreating the chilling serial killer Andrew Cunanan and on the other side of the equation, Édgar Ramírez, nailing Gianni Versace.
Will American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, ‘have legs’ as they say? Will it rate up there, or garner as many Emmy nominations as this production houses’ The People v. O.J. Simpson (or those American Horror Stories)? Who knows? The Versace killing was certainly a news-making event and the talent is here to bring the story off beautifully.
Even if the facts, are at times, pushed a little far.