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Arthur
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07.29.2011 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Jason Winer

Actors:
Russell Brand
Helen Mirren
Greta Gerwig

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A spoiled heir to a vast fortune must choose between marrying a woman he doesn’t like or being cut off from his parents’ wealth. Falling in love and growing up optional.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I should love the character of Arthur. As someone whose ideal life would involve being fabulously wealthy, having sex all day, dressing like Batman, and drinking and watching Looney Tunes, relating to Russell Brand’s character should be natural and automatic. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

While Arthur’s rich guy antics—which include driving a Delorean, boxing with Evander Holyfield, and wearing Able Lincoln’s inaugural suit—can occasionally be amusing to watch, as a main character he’s incredibly annoying. Like with GET HIM TO THE GREEK’s Aldous Snow, you can see quite a bit of Russell Brand himself in this character but sadly that shrill zaniness doesn’t really endear you to him. Like Dudley Moore’s original take, Arthur can do not just whatever he wants, but pretty much whatever he can imagine. With Moore he was spoiled but lovable; with Brand he doesn’t have many redeemable qualities.

That being sad, ARTHUR wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, mainly because I was anticipating a massive trainwreck from the previews and the initial reviews. It’s pretty much exactly what you expect from a generic, soulless remake—very lazy storytelling chock full of predictable clichés—but it does have its moments. The lame script is spurred on by what is clearly a lot of improvisation, some of which works. Director Jason Winer also really lucked out with casting Helen Mirren and GREENBERG’s Greta Gerwig, both of whom do their best to elevate the material. Mirren and Brand have great chemistry together, and though there are really no surprises in their relationship, it’s easy to watch Mirren be a great sport and do silly things like wear a Darth Vader helmet. Same with Gerwig; it’s not hard to see why Brand would fall in love with her character.

That doesn’t hold up across the board, however. The usually reliable Luis Guzman, aside from one or two lines, is a non-entity in this movie. And Jennifer Garner is fine as Arthur’s hate-interest, but the psycho bitch persona doesn’t really fit her all that well.
THE EXTRAS
ARTHUR Unsupervised (11:17): A set of ad libs and alternate takes with a little bit of behind the scenes and interviews thrown in. There’s a rather large portion dedicated to Nick Nolte cupping Brand’s balls.

Additional Footage (10:21): A lot are just extra line readings and extended scenes as opposed to completely new material. There’s more Mirren, more of him trying to find a job and nothing else too exciting.

Gag Reel (1:22): A short, overly produced bit with some flubs, gaffes and a lot of Helen Mirren cursing.

A DVD and Digital Copy are also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While I wouldn’t call ARTHUR a good movie, I didn’t completely despise it thanks to a couple ingredients like Helen Mirren and Greta Gerwig. But of course you’re still better off just watching the Dudley Moore original.

Extra Tidbit: Is it just me or does Russell Brand kind of have a Robert Z’Dar jaw some of the time?
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3:49PM on 07/29/2011
extra tidbit: he also looks like Rocky Dennis at times haha. overall i enjoyed the movie despite its faults.
extra tidbit: he also looks like Rocky Dennis at times haha. overall i enjoyed the movie despite its faults.
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