Friday, July 01, 2016

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson

This was the first season of Ryan Murphy's latest creation and I decided to watch it because after hearing lots of stories about the so-called "trial of the century" I wanted to see if I could gain a better understanding about it.

I know what you're all saying, this is a TV show, so probably not the most objective source of information out there, but I just wanted to know more about it, not write a thesis on it!

Furthermore, the cast corralled by Mr. Murphy, once again, was impressive: John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bruce Greenwood, Nathan Lane, Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer, and Courtney B. Vance are all fantastic, but Sarah Paulson's performance represents a towering achievement.

She better get some love come awards time, is all I'm saying.

While it's hard to fully believe in Simpson's innocence, when one looks at the evidence, it's incredible to see how much influence the media had on the court of public opinion, how masterfully Simpson's legal team manipulated the media (especially Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran), how tragically Marcia Clark's reputation was smeared, how many people sought to gain financially from the tragic and gruesome death of the victims, and how circus-like the whole thing got.

The whole police vs. blacks narrative also looks very different when viewed through the lens of the recent incidents that led to the birth of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The show is well written, very well acted, and well directed. Whatever opinion one might have about Simpson's innocence or guilt, it's a very good miniseries.

Grade: 8

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