Arthur, the remake to the 1981 film of the same name, stars Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, and several others. Remakes normally disappoint, however, Brand, Mirren, and the rest of the cast manage to pull together to create a remake that remains fun to watch, even if it fails to outperform its predecessor. Check out this fun featurette of the making of the film!
Arthur tells the story of a young carefree playboy -and often drunken- apparent heir who faces losing his inheritance when faced with an ultimatum: Grow up and marry a woman for position/power or lose a multi-million dollar inheritance instead. The problem arises when we find that Arthur only seeks to be married in order to keep the money, but has no desire for his determined and ambitious bride-to-be.
Casting is definitely one of the strongpoints of Arthur. Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Geraldine Fitzgerald and more are recast with Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Geraldine James, along with Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte, Greta Gerwig, and Luis Guzman. While Brand may not be the choice pick of many moviegoers (including Yours Truly), he shines in the role of Arthur, as if it was made for him. Through the cast and characters, audience members may find themselves hoping for, cheering on, and momentarily connecting with a couple of the characters….from time to time. Guzman and Mirren both impress as always (Dame Mirren hits the mark perfectly in a role that blends personality with comedy), but Greta Gerwig as Naomi (Arthur’s actual love interest) deserves a nod or two for her performance as Arthur’s opposite!
The story, while not new (money or love??), adds a little bit of a twist to the conundrum. Adding in the comedy truly works as another strongpoint of the film. Admittedly, I had my doubts at first, but the combination of the entire cast works well. The problem lies in the type of comedy getting old and re-used often. One may find themself yawning at the “been there, heard that, seen that” comedic look and feel that Brand and company present on the screen. Mainly Brand. Overall though, the story surprisingly finds a way to bring a level of humanity to the story that viewers cannot help but connect to, but it is right when that connection seems solid that oftentimes the overused comedy that follows takes away from the previous scene.
Arthur– a delightful and fun film to watch with a talented and rather eclectic cast that easily is one of the better remakes made, but ultimately still does not make the mark to qualify as one of the best films of 2011. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. See what the FIRST FANS had to say as Casey Messer with Hollywood Dailies interviewed viewers after the midnight preview!
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–TheSp1der’s Score: 2.5 out of 5 stars for “Arthur”
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