The law is not a moral judge
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from Aberdeen, Scotland
, 08 Jul 2004
Less a film with character development, and drama more a staged discussion of American law. Here Claus von Bulow's innocence, morality etc are irrelevant; being not the function of defence law which is merely to question the accuracy of the prosecutions case. If there's holes or doubts in the prosecicutions case, questionable evidence, then the case gets binned - bad prosecution, which frequently has to wind up the case quickly due to political demands; 'the D.A's office blah blah' So we get O.J Simpson holding the murder weapon, blood and all, and a victim at his feet. Hurrah!
At least in Cluedo if you get two out of three the next player can have a go and nail Colonel Mustard, here you can't.
In as much as the film is a visual essay it's good, just don't expect much flesh on the characters, Irons does a creepy drawl for a few hours, we don?t know what makes him tick, what his past is and nothing but the legal argument is resolved. The professor in charge of the defence, played by Ron Silver, does a smug and smarmy derivation of the lawyer played by Al Pacino in 'And Justice for All? and left me thinking bravo smarty now how do you sleep tonight?
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