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It is a finely detailed manners study of the superwealthy, a drama of conflicting principles and values and an engrossing legal detective story.
What it all adds up to is something the film never quite seems prepared to address, but this is a fascinating look at all the secondary questions.
This is a strange, unsatisfactory mixture of satire and docudrama which engages the mind and leaves the emotions intact.
There is a high degree of sometimes shocking intelligence running through Reversal of Fortune.
Reversal of Fortune is an often chilly movie, but the chill cuts to the bone.
Irons founds his adroit performance, from cadaverous countenance to crooked pinky, on strangled passion and noblesse oblige. And astonishingly, he manages to make old Claus oddly pathetic, even sympathetic.
Director Schroeder takes the 'did-he didn't-he' conundrum surrounding Claus von Bülow and makes it the film's greatest virtue, with Irons mesmerising.
This is a movie rich in moral ambiguities and one which should thoroughly please voyeurs and detective story enthusiasts alike.
In his black satire, Kazan and Schroeder go beyond issues of guilt and morality, exposing and contesting the stereotypes of an Odd Couple: Von Bulow as rich, arrogant Eurotrash who needs thw work of a bright, hardworking and sweaty Jewish laywer.
Here's the movie that made Jeremy Irons such a memorable villain.
intriguing and surprisingly gripping
A passable TV drama that fails to focus on one specific genre, and offers a mixture of thriller, mystery & a bit of courtroom drama. The conventional dramatic execution limits its effectiveness. Not having much expectations probably saved me the miseries, and made it a passable fare.
Edit: In retrospect, I feel it'd be justifiable to rate it 3/5 for what it is.
To spite the fact that this is a film based on real information regarding real events and people...this film comes across like one of those ridiculous, late night soap / dramas from the 80's. (Think Dynasty or Dallas).
Everyone comes across as over-the-top caricatures. But who knows...perhaps these are accurate portrayals of the people they are meant to represent?
In any case, it is a horrible and tragic story made all the more painful by these hammy, scenery chewing performances.
After Fisher Stevens' first scene, Jim said, "This movie is off the hook," and we couldn't even figure out what "off the hook" meant in this case, but it certainly is. From the campy yet seemingly true portrayal of moneyed debauchery, to Glenn Close's beyond-the-coma narration, to Jeremy Irons' deep-voiced, sometimes comical, accent. "Sawhny..." Good performances with a decent commentary on legality versus morality but slightly slow in parts.
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