Easy Virtue is the second adaptation of a play by Noël Coward (Brief Encounter) following a 1928 silent film by Alfred Hitchock (Rear Window, which Disturbia is getting sued about) regarded as one of the legendary director’s least interesting works.
The movie is helmed by the infrequent Australian director Stephan Elliot (Eye Of The Beholder) and stars Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry), Ben Barnes (The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Kristin Scott Thomas (The Other Boleyn Girl) and Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!).
Personally, I’m not too impressed by this apparent Match Point & Monster-In-Law mashup and see it as being at best watchable. Also is it just me or does this trailer look like it was made for a TV-movie (see the end when they announce the cast). In any case, the film premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and will debut in th UK on November 7th.
Nearly everyone with an ounce of movie culture calls Disturbia a Rear Window remake when talking about the 2007 surprise hit film, despite the fact that it isn’t, at least officially. Now, more than a year later, Sheldon Abend Revocable Trust, the owners of Murder From A Fixed Viewpoint (the Cornell Woolrich short story that served as the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film) have taken notice and are finally suing Universal Pictures and DreamWorks for copyright infringement. While Disturbia is a good movie, all I can say is, it’s about time!