Thursday, March 10, 2016

813. Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune
Directed by Barbet Schroeder

My sister decided to watch this movie with me today after I told her Glenn Close was in it.  Mention anything remotely connected to The Big Chill and she is hooked.  We watched it mostly in silence.  After the credits rolled, she asked "What was that?"  I am still not sure.

Sunny von Bulow slips into a coma after going into diabetic shock.  Her husband Claus von Bulow is convicted of attempted murder, as it is believed he injected her with an overdose of insulin.  Sunny is rich and Claus is a cheating creep, so it's hard to blame anyone for this verdict.  Claus hires Alan Dershowitz to win his appeal, but Dershowitz isn't convinced Claus is innocent...

It really sounds more interesting than it is.  I can't entirely fault the film for this, as this is based a true story.  The Book makes it sound like it was a great artistic decision to leave the ending ambiguous, but really, the filmmakers didn't have any other move unless they wanted to risk getting sued.

The attempts to make Alan likable (since Claus was such a robot) weren't entirely successful.  He still felt a bit wooden to me.  Only one thing really happens throughout the entire two hour running time.  Maybe I am being too harsh.  I just saw Gone Girl yesterday and it is hard not to compare the two, with Gone Girl being vastly superior.  Of course, that's a fictional story so there is more room to be creative.

Certainly not the worst thing I have ever sat through, but I am more curious about how this made its way into the Book than I am about the actual von Bulow case.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

The real Sunny von Bulow died at the age of 76, having spent the last 28 years of her life in a coma.


  1. I can fully understand your reservations, but I found this a gripping (? No, that's a bit too much -engrossing? .. note I'm trying hard to avoid saying 'entertaining' or 'enjoyable') highly acceptable and attention holding film

  2. I remember when this was all going on in real life and it was BIG news. I am sure I saw the movie but cannot remember now. I do know the case was engrossing as we read about it in the paper--maybe the movie makers didn't know enough about the people involved. Should have been a good movie.

  3. Nice point Diana .. I knew very little about this case before I saw the film .. perhaps it was the story that had me rather than the film.. Thanks for making me think on that .

  4. I didn't know anything about this case before I watched this either.