Monday, November 30, 2015

Cinema Cycle - Easy Virtue


CINEMA CYCLE

(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 11/30/2015
TITLE: Easy Virtue

FORMAT: Blu-Ray

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 36 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 21.8 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3553.5 miles

SYNOPSIS: A young American widow marries a young aristocratic Englishman and struggles with the expectations of her new step-mother and her dysfunctional family.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   Family relationships and how they are dysfunctional, even in Edwardian England.  Change is inevitable, better embrace it and stop trying to hold onto the past.

PROS AND CONS: Not a bad film, but something that most would put into the ‘arthouse’ category of film making, much like ‘Remains of the Day’ and ‘Room with a View’.  

The film follows the theme of a a brash and fresh young woman entering into a staid and button down English manor home and the clash of cultures that inevitably erupts.  While lavish and fun to watch, the movie never really clicks.

Jessica Biel’s character is wasted in the role and the fuming and scheming between the mother and her new daughter-in-law, gets a bit tedious.  The music in the film was an odd choice and did not fit the mood or look of the film.  Playing ‘Sex Bomb’ during a fox hunt seemed pretty out of place as did other musical selections in the film.



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.