The People v O.J. Simpson

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  1. Paladin

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    Anyone watching this? It's about the sensational trial of football legend O.J. Simpson for the brutal 1994 murders of his wife and another man.

    I'm late to it, but a friend recommended it and I have to say it's very, very well done. Everyone in the cast is pretty good--the guy playing Judge Ito in particular seems spot on--but special kudos to Sarah Paulson (playing Marcia Clark) and Courtney Vance (playing Johnnie Cochran).

    I'm 6 (of 10) episodes in (after a Sunday binge) and can't wait to finish it up. The writers have done a great job showing how racial dynamics figure in this case, and how very well-attuned Cochran was to them, but how sometimes naive or oblivious Clark could be. As the story unfolds, you see the prosecution making mistakes that you know will come back to haunt them.

    One minor annoyance: O.J.'s good friend Robert Kardashian (played by David Schwimmer) figures prominently in the story, and the producers can't help themselves but make references to his now (in)famous children. There is one line to the kids that Schwimmer has--it's about the importance of having substance, not just fame--that is (I'm sure intentionally) ironic; I got a big laugh out of that.

    And just a reminder: NO SPOILERS! I don't want to find out how this one ends before I see the final episode. :diacanu:
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    I could have sworn I made a thread about this. Yes, I love American Horror Story, I love Scream Queens and I loved this. I can't wait for the next season of American Crime Story.
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    shootER Insubordinate...and churlish Administrator

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    I watched it last summer and loved it. Most* of the Emmy nominations and awards were well-earned. I wish Travolta and Courtney B. Vance could've both won for their roles because they just nailed it.







    *The only actor I didn't buy was Cuba Gooding Jr. He got down a lot of OJ's mannerisms and ticks, but his voice isn't deep like Simpson's and Gooding Jr. just isn't big enough to sell the sheer "physicality" of Simpson. The dude was a football player. He's big. Gooding Jr. is three inches shorter and smaller of frame. OJ was an imposing figure, taller than his defense team.

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    Gooding Jr isn't as big a guy and he never sold me on "being" OJ like the rest of the actors did with their characters.




    But that's the only thing that I didn't really care for. The rest was great and I also liked the advice that Kardashian gives to his children.



    I had forgotten just how shitty Marcia Clark was treated by just about everybody. :jayzus:
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  4. Paladin

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    Yes, they're both terrific.
    I have to agree. Gooding's fine dramatically--and I like it when he's using his charisma (like when he's interviewed by the cops)--but he doesn't have O.J.'s physicality.
    I've certainly developed more sympathy for her from watching this show.
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