The first trailer and a handful of pics have just arrived from Easy Virtue, a film that debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival starring Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes. Stephan Elliott, who directed the Oscar winning Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, helmed the pic which is an adaptation of the Noel Coward play. In the film Biel plays an American divorcee, Larita Huntington, who travels to the South of France and marries young wealthy Englishman John Whittaker (Barnes) on the spur of the moment. The couple return to England to face his unapproving family, including his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Whittaker (Firth and Scott Thomas).
Coming out of TIFF the film received moderate reviews but didn’t obtain any kind of distribution.
Eugene Novikov at Cinematical called it “a droll and witty delight, a superb showcase for its cast, and a return to fine form for Stephan Elliott,” while Steven Zeitchik at The Hollywood Reporter was shocked someone would make “a movie that could have been made a half century ago.” He goes on to say, “It’s all an amazing and impressie exercise in creating something no one tries to create anymore. Still, one has to ask why there was a need for a movie like this when things like Netflix subscriptions exist — or, for that matter, when a trip to the library would satisfy the cravings of even most ardent comedy-of-manners junkie.”
Nevertheless, the film is here along with the pics and the trailer. You can watch the trailer below and for the pics simply click here.