American Crime Story: Impeachment (2021) Review

Sarah Paulson delivers the year's best performance in this gripping political drama

Aparnna Hajirnis -

American Crime Story: Impeachment (2021) Review
Platform
Disney+ Hotstar
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
DRAMA
Language
English

What is the story about?

Based on Jeffrey Toobin's 1999 best-seller A Vast Conspiracy, American Crime Story: Impeachment talks about President Bill Clinton's sexual harassment cases and his famous affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. However, at the back of the scandal is an disgruntled employee of the White House and Pentagon who has an axe to grind with the system named Linda Tripp. Linda will stop at nothing to manipulate a young, innocent Monica into revealing the secrets of her affair and getting back at the government, and the President making her give up her desired job. 

Analysis

For a long time Monica Lewinsky was labelled as a home-wrecker and a 'loose' woman. However, American Crime Story: Impeachment is set to change your opinion about her and sympathise with a young, innocent girl who got caught in political warfare. For a vast majority of the season, Impeachment tries to set up a brilliant narrative about a powerful man and his need to keep his 'affairs' in place. He is ready to settle and the word is out that he would stop at nothing to make them shut their mouths. However, it is clear that the man is despised not just by women, but even by people around him who want to take him down. Soon, the women he has wronged find themselves being caught in a web of unending lies. Everyone wants to get a piece out of the meaty story of the President being a predator, right from journalists to White House employees to his detractors. However, there is one woman, who clearly is manipulative and conniving but short-sighted. Linda Tripp is a woman who has been ousted from her dream job due to alleged political reasons, and she wants to get back at the White House and the President. She soon finds out that the way to do it is by gaslighting the truth out of an young intern who has trusted her with the information of her affair with the President. 
 
Unlike several political dramas, Impeachment does not aim to change your political views, it simply offers the women's perspective who were sexually harassed by Bill Clinton. It tells you what outing a powerful sexual predator meant in the 1990s, before the #MeToo Era. 

Performances

Sarah Paulson is a powerhouse of talent. She portrays Linda Tripp, a bitter woman in her 50s, with a lot of elan and grace. Her acting is compelling and clearly the best performance of this year. She will win you over with her effortless portrayal of a conniving woman. Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky is charming, and it will break your heart when she has her breakdowns on the screen. She is perfect as Monica and she brings so much warmth to her character. Cobie Smulders as Ann Coulter is another remarkable character in the series. Clive Owen as Bill Clinton is brilliant as well. Edie Falco, as the menacing Hillary Clinton, too has done a fantastic role in the series. 

Music & Other Departments

For a series that is based in the 90s, special mention has to be given to the crew who ensured that the sets looked like the 90s. Right from the landphones to audio cassettes to desktop computers to phone tapping, everything felt like it was from the 90s itself. The actors did a fantastic job, but their makeup and prosthetics is what needs a special mention. Sarah Paulson is unrecognizable as Linda Tripp and so is Clive Owen as Bill Clinton. They looked like replicas of the people they were playing. True the rubber noses might be off-putting, but the makeup and hair team has done a fantastic job. 

Highlights

  • Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein's acting
  • Gripping storyline
  • Engaging dialogues

Drawbacks

The series picks up pace and momentum only after Episode 5.

Did I enjoy it?

I loved it. Such an accurate and powerful retelling of an important political scandal of our times. 

Do I recommend it?

Yes. Watch it over the weekend, because it is too long a series to be binge-watched in one day. 



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