The American critics little excited by Impeachment, season 3 of American Crime Story

Impeachment American Crime Story

The war between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky begins this evening on Canal + in France.

After the acclaimed and multi-awarded The People Vs. OJ Simpson, and the bewitching surrealism of The Assassination of Gianni Versace, we find the anthology American Crime Story for a third season that takes us back to the 1990s, at the time of the “MonicaGate”. Broadcast from tonight on Canal +, Impeachment did not quite wowed the American press, yet inclined to applaud the work of Ryan Murphy. Not up to the previous ones, this season 3 is not the most successful ofAmerican Crime Story.

Yet the work of actress Beanie Feldstein is hailed by critics: “She embodies Monica Lewinsky in all of her imperfect and vulnerable humanity.“, Write the Entertainment Weekly website, which specifies a few lines later : “Although Impeachment does not have the same emotional resonance as previous chapters of ACS, it is a gripping and thought-provoking tale of a presidential scandal – and the moral failure of our country. “

But this positive opinion is not shared by everyone. Rolling Stone is certainly one of the most scathing. Criticism speaks of a “cartoonish and cartoony look at the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal”. In this paper, we are told that this season 3 is a nod to the OJ affair, which “only highlights how much the first season had achieved and everything that Impeachment miss, delivering a shallow, Wikipedia-style summary of the story, with an uninspiring look at what happened and why … “

The Guardian attempt an analysis of this “compulsive reconstruction, so imperfect“by Ryan Murphy and explains that the concern certainly comes from a desire to transpose to the screen such well-known characters, played by well-known actors, such as Clive Owen dressed as Bill Clinton: “The story he wants to tell quickly turns into a parody, an SNL skit. Because the entertaining novelty of seeing a famous actor imitating a President takes precedence over the rest. The hows and whys are drowned out by oversized prosthetics and knockoffs, like you’re heading to the library but ending up at the circus, which was also a problem with the Vice and Bombshell films in recent years.

Less categorical, the Hollywood Reporter still thinks that Impeachment bring too little, too late“. The specialized site finds that”for a 5-star cast, on an explosive historical moment in the history of our country, all this seems strangely static (…) From scene to scene, the season oscillates between an icy political thriller, a black comedy à la Coen (…) especially Burn After Reading, which also had a Linda Tripp-inspired character) and, at one point, a film noir parody with that vapor rising through the city streets, on a deep night, without committing towards a particular tone or combination of tones. “

The political site The Atlantic is also hungry and does not understand Ryan Murphy’s bias: “Focusing curiously on Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky, Impeachment follows the model of the tabloids rather than denouncing them … “

Finally, the New Yorker talks aboutImpeachment like a “Revisionist historiography filled with bombastic statements about the seedy nature of American man. And then the series is marked, at least in its first part, by a strange absence: where is Hillary Clinton? “

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