Not quite as good as the OJ first season, but still a high quality entry in the anthology. I was not familiar with the particulars of this story, so it played like a mystery novel to me, despite knowing the ending. The backward-looking structure works amazingly well and reinforces the depths to which Cunanan falls, while Versace rises to such heights. The first episode, directed by Murphy, is the best of the season.
It should have been called the assassination of everyone except Gianni Versace. Darren Criss is a very theatrical performer but is not deep enough to pull off a character like this and left me completely immune and indifferent to his performance. I'm starting to feel that Cruz is the real villain here.
Here is an example of what television narrative is and has conquered globalization, submitting cinema to its language codes: filming from no matter what perspective, camera running, many many frames per scene, editing with equal notion of speed (i hear Tati's postman saying "la rapidité, la rapidité"), mixing it with a lot of music and that's it, a product to consume. Darren Criss is magnificently tumid.
Kind of misleading title since it's actually a chronicle of supposedly a real life talented Mr. Ripley, while the title character and his story arc come as generic and least interesting. When it's not nice to look at it - or tense to keep a viewer on the edge - it tries to give an answers to disturbing, psychological questions. And it does that in a simplified and cheap manner. Still, worth watching for its pros.
Hobbled by plots re: Gianni & Donatella, which is a shame, cuz Ramirez & Cruz are great. You cut them (keep when Gianni encourages Cunanan to write a novel), fully commit to AC-centric story, & there's more space to develop characters whose lives intersected with Cunanan's, which is already the best shit but could've been #NextLev. Modesto ep is haunting. Portrayal of the accrual of life's sad sediment is masterful.
It's trying to saying something about the American Dream and being gay in America but it feels too obvious and boring to be interesting. Criss astounds and revolts, Wittrock provides the strongest storyline, Cruz is wonderfully/intentionally ?) bad and Martin is woefully miscast. I forgot Edgar Ramirez was in this.
Not so "serious" and awards-bait-y as the first instalment, this season might come across a bit of a guilty pleasure at first sight, but don't be fooled: as we dive deeper into Cunanan's backstory things get darker and more emotive. Episodes 4, 8 and 9 were standouts in a season drenched in neon colours, stylish outfits, fabulous scenarios and a killer 90s soundtrack. Darren Criss steals the show, but...
Serial killer tales are more popular and prevalent right now than any time since the early Nineties, but this second season of "Crime Story" manages to distinguish itself thanks to Darren Criss' riveting performance as Andrew Cunanan, a chameleon social-climber made monstrous by his desire for a life above his station. You can't take your eyes off him, even as his character becomes increasingly unhinged.
Best series of 2018. A real nice surprise. I had read good things about this and was unaware of the background before watching this, but exceeded my expectations. Looking forward to rewatching this again and also it might be an series in reverse, 8 to 2, then ep 1 and then 9.