The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Ryan Murphy. 2018. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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, especially at Merrill when he pretends to close the deal after the client has hung up on him. Just overall, the portrayal of the accrual of life's sad sediment is masterful.
A few stray thoughts... 1) As a riff on masculine homosexuality in America, compared to the OJ one as a riff on masculine blackness in America, I think the OJ one does it better. 2) The stuff with Donatella where the crescendo of flashing camera sounds drove the emotional energy of the scene... fuck those scenes were great. 3) This would be an interesting double feature with Magnolia, another movie about all the weird ways in which yr dad can easily fuck you up. I read on the internet someone saying that Magnolia is a movie that tries to heal its audience and The Assassination of Gianni Versace definitely takes a different approach.