Easy Virtue Reviews
Unfortunately it was an inconsistent bore leading up to that brilliance.
The other thing, this coming from a more serious critique, Colin Firth was excellent in this movie, but sadly he stood alone in his superior acting in this film. Don't get me wrong the film was not in any sense awful, but some of the actors, but more so in this case actresses, did not meld well and did not bounce awesome acting energy off each other, but as my friend Emma put it, this was a good film for miss honey buns to act as not just the pretty girl. All things considered, with the sad camera work and the not so excellent use of the wonderful english countryside that so many directors have grasped, and sadly Mr. Elliot did not. It's funny, but I did find a twinge of a Luhrmann feel lol, but I guess you'll just have to see what I mean.
Jessica Biel is surprisingly good in this film; she was very likeable and charming. Kristin Scott Thomas gives a good performance as John's disapproving mother Veronica and Colin Firth is also very likeable and sympathetic in this. I felt however that the film didn't take itself seriously at times and tried to be a bit to funny and added bad gags such as accidentally killing the family chihuahua by sitting on it (to me that's a bit ludicrous, how can you kill a dog by sitting on it? I don't know if that was in the original play). I feel that the film would have been a bit better if it didn't try to be funny. Also I felt it lacked emotion an depth at times. Other than that it was a fairly entertaining and interesting film with decent performances from it's cast. I think it's a film that someone with disapproving in-laws can relate to. It's a decent watch. I give it 65%.