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THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
January 17, 2018  | By David Bianculli

FX, 10:00 p.m. ET

 

SERIES PREMIERE: This is FX’s, and Ryan Murphy’s, follow-up to the first American Crime Story outing, the excellent The People v. O.J. Simpson. The anthology nature of this umbrella series is pursued aggressively: This second presentation is a very different type of story, told very differently. And as such, it’s less effective and involving dramatically – the murder of fashion icon Gianni Versace hardly compares, in terms of impact, to the O.J. murder trial. And by focusing primarily on Versace’s killer, Andrew Cunanan, this American Crime Story is more about the crime than the trial, and less compelling by comparison. Darren Criss plays the killer, Edgar Ramirez the victim, and the show’s biggest stars, though not with the biggest roles, are Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz, portraying, respectively, Versace’s lover and sister. Cruz makes the most lasting impression, but in a relatively small role. For a full review, see Ed Bark's Uncle Barky's Bytes.

 
 
 
 
 
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