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Arthur *1/2


Is it worth $10? No

Arthur is a millionaire who’s never worked, can’t get his life in order and is always drunk. As “Arthur” progresses we’re supposed to feel sorry for him because he’s being forced to marry someone for business purposes rather than the woman he loves.

You know what, Arthur? Suck it. You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, and we’re supposed to feel bad for you because you’re a lifelong screw up who now, for the first time in your life, can’t get what you want? It’s disgusting and insulting to ask an economy-hardened audience to embrace this waste of life.

The intention, of course, is for him to be so lovably inept and irresponsible that we don’t judge him. But how could you not? He starts the movie by dressing as Batman and forcing his driver, Bitterman (Luis Guzman), to crash into a giant statue. His nanny, Hobson (Helen Mirren), treats him with disdainful affection, and is disgusted by the scores of floozies he parades in and out of his bedroom.


When Arthur’s mother (Geraldine James) tells him he’ll be cut off from money unless he marries the unlovable Susan (Jennifer Garner) Arthur reluctantly agrees, but not for a second do we feel sorry for him, even when he pouts like a baby. We also remain completely indifferent when he meets true love Naomi (Greta Gerwig), even as sparks fly and he rents out all of Grand Central Station for dinner. Now Arthur must choose between love and money. I hoped he’d lose both.

About Naomi: Director Jason Winer goes to great pains to emphasize that she’s not after Arthur’s money, but there’s no other reason for her to be drawn to him. He’s a drunken slob with no redeeming qualities, and he probably smells like puke.

The reason Dudley Moore got away with being such a bumbling, lovable fool in the original “Arthur” (1981) was because we could always see and feel an inner pain that he masked through drinking and spending. Brand’s performance isn’t nuanced enough to convey these deeper emotions – all he gives us is a spendthrift playboy who never feels much of anything until he meets Naomi, and by then we despise him too much to give a damn about what happens.

“Arthur” is so bad it’s what we call a “career ruiner.” Thanks Russell Brand, we hardly knew ‘ya. Have fun wallowing in supporting roles the next two years, begging for the chance to headline your own movie again.

Did you know?
Russell Brand said of Dudley Moore’s Arthur: “…Moore was a joyful example of what can be accomplished through comedy and I have the greatest respect for him. His Arthur continues to exist and there’s no way we could take anything from it.” No Russell, you certainly didn’t take anything from it at all.


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