Easy Virtue

by KickinLibrarian@evpl on Wednesday, September 23 2009, 10:55am. Viewed 1,458 times.

Easy VirtueI am a huge fan of Colin Firth.  I might question his decision to make films such as What a Girl Wants, but he easily redeems himself with performances in Love Actually, Then She Found Me, and now Easy Virtue.  In this movie, Firth plays the distant father and husband of an English family living in a crumbling estate.  Firth’s character returned home after wandering around Europe following WWI as part of the Lost Generation.  He now hides in his family’s shed repairing an old motorcycle and avoiding his family and their problems.  He pops up throughout the movie with sardonic wit and repressed feelings. 

Easy Virtue was adapted from a Noel Coward play set in the late 1920s.  Jessica Biel plays American racecar driver, Larita, who steals the heart of English heir, John (played by Ben Barnes).  The two marry and head to the family's English estate. Larita faces the scorn of her new mother-in-law who had plans for her son to marry the wealthy neighbor girl.  Kristin Scott Thomas does an excellent job as the mother fighting against her daughter-in-law for her son's attention and affection.  Larita's only allies come in the form of the family's servants and father-in-law (Firth).  Once her past scandals come to surface, however, Larita must decide if she will stay with John or leave him and his family behind. 

I loved the music, costumes, and actors in Easy Virtue.  This movie slipped my attention before landing on the library shelves, so I guess many others may have missed it as well.  Check it out- highly recommended.   

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PotionsMaster@evpl wrote
on Thursday, September 24 2009, 11:04am

I loved Colin Firth in the movie "Valmont".  It's an older film and has Annette Benning as the other lead.

on Friday, September 25 2009, 9:45am

You beat me to it!  I was going to write about this one - loved it.  The music was great, I loved the way they took contemporary songs and jazzed them up twenties-style!  I have to say, I was impressed with Jessica Biel, and yes - who doesn't love Colin Firth?  He speaks foreign languages, and he looks so good scruffy. :)

on Friday, September 25 2009, 3:12pm

I was kind of shocked about Biel's performance too.  She hasn't always done the best roles or best performances.  The music was amazing!  I hope we can get the soundtrack for the library.

on Tuesday, November 3 2009, 9:14pm

I enjoyed this film and I have a dog story that rivels the one in this movie - only it involves a poodle.  Worth a watch if you like period movies.