#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Between world wars, the Whittaker’s estate is sinking; only the iron will of Mrs. Whittaker staves off bankruptcy while she awaits her son John’s return from the continent. To her dismay, he brings a bride: an American widow who races cars. The bride, Larita, thinks she and John will visit and then go to London, where he’ll work and she’ll race. But John is to the manor born, and mother is nothing if not a master at plans and manipulation. Soon it’s all-out war between mother and bride, with John’s father, a burnt out veteran of the Great War, in the bride’s corner ineffectually. Mother has a plan to join with the neighboring estate; only Larita is in her way. Can’t we all get along?
Plot: A young Englishman marries a glamorous American. When he brings her home to meet the parents, she arrives like a blast from the future – blowing their entrenched British stuffiness out the window.
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Funny, heart-warming and delightfully engrossing.
2008 has been a mixed bag thus far as far as character dramas are concerned, with the majority either lacking in any interesting personas and the remainder usually lacking in anything remotely fun about the experience. Thankfully, Easy Virtue takes residence amongst the minority of this year’s examples, blending a wonderful ensemble of characters and respective performers with plenty of humour, romance and palpable charm. As a musical per se, which one could place the movie given the role that music plays in its narrative, the music is catchy, but always played in the background to what is going on with characters. So while the numbers certainly don’t ever take off, the harmony created between the film’s immediate interests always take precedence over the aesthetics, no matter how inviting and well done those elements are implemented. Sure enough, there isn’t much in the way of flaws present within Easy Virtue’s two hour runtime outside of the fact that it can sometimes drag on in terms of plotting. Nevertheless, despite small pacing problems, Easy Virtue is a wonderfully breezy, and yet hard hitting portrayal of relationships, both temporal and unconditional.
Where each of these sources of love comes from it seems is where the writers seem most interested in exploring; rather than sticking to the genre’s more conventional set of rules, the movie instead takes a familiar, albeit refreshing route. Telling the story of Larita (Jessica Biel), an American race-car driver newly wed to love of her life John Whittaker (Ben Barnes) as she moves into her husband’s inherited estate for the holidays, Easy Virtue take the romantic comedy and heats things up a little. The centrepiece of the story revolves around the idea that John’s English aristocratic family either immediately resents Larita’s presence or soon adheres to this mind-frame. This conflict draws most firmly from John’s mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) who takes an especially vindictive and callous attitude towards her big-eyed, fresh faced and glamorously intimidating daughter in law.
This relationship, although not falling far from the genre’s tree of ideas and structure, nevertheless does well to keep things grounded and believable. Very rarely are theatrics employed to establish the characters’ obvious confliction, and as such both grow as the movie wears on, allowing not just drama to unfold from the proceedings, but comedy also. To say that Easy Virtue is a funny movie would be somewhat of an exaggeration; this isn’t a comedy by any means, but it’s not a straight forward drama or romance either. Instead director Stephen Elliot manages to do what so little directors of the genre actually succeed in implementing; a fine blend of all three ingredients whilst at the same time keeping characterisation consistent and engaging. Again these ingredients are most fully realised in the triangle of mother/son and the new girl in his life, with each ingredient sharing enough screen time to warrant interest; Easy Virtue isn’t a funny movie no it’s a funny, heart-warming and delightfully engrossing movie with plenty of intelligent drama and aesthetics.
Nevertheless, regardless of genre tagging, and the tricky balancing act involved in handling such a mix, the real potency of heart present that makes Easy Virtue such a joy to watch is simply through its characters and their relationships together. Mentioned above, the centrepiece of this endlessly amusing mix of character is the dynamic between Larita and her new mother in law. What’s most interesting about this pairing however doesn’t necessarily always reside in their obviously conflictive facades, but within the thematic subtext that each brings to the story regarding lover and son John. Dealing primarily with the complexities of human relationships, and specifically love, the writers explore the different kinds of love and how they are more often than not wrongly interpreted or received. What’s most interesting about the central figures then is that each seems to have swapped their traditional roles for the others; ostensibly Larita is seen a gold-digging, naïve lover who is only out for a short jog, whilst Mrs. Whittaker is instead presented as John’s unconditional love source, undeniably in it for the long term. This paper thin appearance however is what Easy Virtue sets out to look past, and the results are both rewarding and intriguing, giving ample substance to back up the laughs.
Of course all of this would go to waste if given to less than capable performers to get across not just their own dynamic personas, but the relations and unique chemistry that they share together. Featuring a huge ensemble of recognisable British talents, along with the impressive Jessica Biel, it would take far too long a paragraph to go through each individually and analyse their performances, so I will simply cut a farily large corner and say that the entirety of the cast here do a wonderful job with each of their respective roles. Of notable interest is the always compelling Colin Firth as a rather withdrawn and bored husband, Ben Barnes who plays youthful, energetic and distinctly naïve John to a fine point and Kristen Scott Thomas who often parallels her sombre role in recent French production I’ve Loved You So Long. All of these performances however are just the tip of what is a surprisingly effective little treat for anyone looking for good adult fun, with plenty of intelligent humour and romance to boot. Sure enough there are some problems with pacing and over-emphasis on theatrical drama at rare occasions that clash with the film’s otherwise consistently grounded tone, but these elements are far and few between each of the much more successful moments. Fun, engaging and entirely memorable, Easy Virtue is a rarity these days, so I cannot recommend it enough.
* A review by Jamie Robert Ward (http://www.invocus.net)
A Star is Born
Very few people out there can call themselves stars. Some have benefited from teaming with charismatic performers and surrounding themselves from a fantastic public relations team. It’s fantastic to see when a relatively unknown performer bursts from the screen and dazzles us with her musical talent, her charisma, and most importantly is able to show us her acting chops.
Kirsten Scott-Thomas has proved herself a superb performer, and it’s always a pleasure to see her films benefit from her exquisite looks, too. In “Easy Virtue”. while playing the mother in law from hell, she meets her match, in Larits (Jessica Biel), giving us a dazzling display of fireworks, not seen since the classic 30’s beauties graced the silver screen. It’s like watching the ghosts of Leigh, Lombard, Stanwyck, and Harlow inspire Biel to don some amazing outfits to match her intense personality and dazzling charm, as she comes into an English manor and tries to conquer old traditions.
Noel Coward’s play is the basis for a comedy of manners delightfully interpreted by a very talented group of performers, led by Scott and Thomas, a match made in heaven, as they try to outwit and outclass each other with their respective resources. Scott-Thomas allies herself with other members of her class and an acid wit. Biel proves herself that she can hold her own with her natural talents and plenty of charm. The difference between these two women is that one is able to see through the defensive layers of others, wasting no time in hiding herself under any pretense or fearing anyone’s criticism.
Biel is a woman with a past, someone who deals with the good and bad life has to offer and tries to make the best of it. “Easy Virtue” is Biel’s film, and she has plenty of showpieces to demonstrate how far she can go in the future. In particular, one is bound to agree that the piece of Poopy’s demise ranks among the funniest scenes ever put on film, and it will take forever to come down from the high of watching Biel and Firth’s musical number, and as if this is not enough, the opening number is flawlessly sung by her, too.
Prepare to have a grand time at the movies, with a film that has no dead time, plenty of gorgeous visuals, a terrific musical score, and a pair of classic flawless diamonds at its center: Thomas and Biel, proving to us that there is still hope in Hollywood, and talent always comes through.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min)
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Stephan Elliott
Writer Stephan Elliott, Sheridan Jobbins, Noël Coward (play)
Actors Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth
Country UK, Canada
Awards 2 wins & 6 nominations.
Production Company Fragile Films
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor Creative Services, London, UK (digital intermediate), Technicolor, London, UK
Film Length 2,646 m (Sweden), 2,654 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic)