The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story is a limited series that takes you inside the O.J. Simpson trial with a riveting look at the legal teams battling to convict or acquit the football legend of double homicide. Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, it explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.Written by
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Great production quality and acting, less-than-subtle writing
I have just finished watching Season 2 (The Assassination of Gianni Versace). I think this series has high production quality -- it looks gorgeous and the music pumps up the drama to operatic heights -- and good performances from the well-cast actors. Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez and Penelope Cruz stand out. Judith Light is also compellingly brittle as Marilyn Miglin, who comes off as the Queen of Da Nile. The director uses the technique of cutting back and forth in time to reveal the motivations of the various individuals (mainly Versace's killer Andrew Cunanan), but this I found this annoying as the series went on. Like, get on with it! I also grew weary of the showmakers' obvious attempts to make the viewer pity Cunanan, and to almost beg you to excuse his brutal murders because his dad was a lying jerk and he wasn't as rich or socially successful as he thought he should be. I will give this series credit for showing how vicious Cunanan's acts were--they don't sugar-coat it too much--but viewers should be fully aware that the show's writers fill in gaping holes in the evidence with speculation, romanticized dream sequences (which I found questionable in taste considering they involve real-life murder victims who cannot speak for themselves), and just plain fiction. So enjoy "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" for what it is--dramatic, lurid TV opera loosely based on real events--and do not expect the full, true story of what happened.
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