“Arthur” A Good Film for Silly Laughter

Genres: Comedy and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.
Release Date: April 8th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content and some drug references.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution


Director: Jason Winer

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Yes.
Own It: Maybe so.
Recommend it to: Eh, those that like Russell Brand.
Worth seeing in NYC: Why not? It’s fun.


Good
Funny
Acting with Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner and Greta Gerwig
Great use of movie cars

Bad
Slightly long

Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) is a son to a rich old white lady. He’s spoiled. He’s whiney. He even has a nanny named Hobson (Helen Mirren). His momma tells him to marry Susan (Jennifer Garner) or lose all his money. He says he could live without the money and tries. He bumps into Naomi (Greta Gerwig) and falls for her. All this for a retelling or remake of the 80’s film Arthur with Dudley Moore. Arthur (2011).

I’ve seen the original. Now the question is do I remember it enough to compare the two? Nope. All I recall is the bathtub scene. People make a huge deal over remakes or retellings as if that ruins the original film. It doesn’t ruin the original nor does it make the original less important. What it does is bring attention to it. Like the “I wonder how the original one is” attention. That’s good, in case you were wondering.

The humor was Russell Brand humor. Humor that is up my comedy ally. His humor is whinny and self-depreciating. Add Helen Mirren’s stoic attitude and there’s more humor in this film than need be. Then the same two things that make it funny end up making it heartwarming. The best people in your life stick around through your stupid moments. Those are people that appreciation for shouldn’t be forgotten.

Jennifer Garner is sweetly mean. Luis Guzman is humorously stupid. Greta Gerwig has a naïve tone to her voice was anything but. What exactly is the difference between Nick Nolte and Gary Busey? I knew of both, but hadn’t seen them in a while. With Gary on “Celebrity Apprentice” and Nolte in Arthur, I’m forced to realize they look too much alike when they’re apart and even much alike when I looked images of them up on Google. Creepy weird. Their voices sound like they swallowed a gravel slushie. Nolte is in the film as the father and if he were the father of a woman I liked, I’d be afraid. Intimidation factor alone worked on his side.

I read some stupid comments asking how anyone could feel for a billionaire. Really? When you make a lot of money you’re no longer human and worth feeling for? Or is that your jealously talking? Thought so.

I expected a level of cheese to go along with Arthur because of the premise and the main actor. It’s not wise to expect perfection, but I did expect some level of awesomeness. I got it. I laughed. I teared up slightly. Then I went right back to laughing. Russell Brand has a great brand of humor. He has teenager wit with eight-year-old physical antics. It’s an odd combination that works to my humor’s benefit.

Arthur was worth seeing. I would watch again if it came on TV. I don’t believe it’s worth owning. My review is late and I still recall much of my snickers. That means something. Overall, though, the scenes were not that powerful in that I’ll recall months later laughing. Arthur was just good silly laughter with a side of well intended heart. And in these early movie months before Summer, that’s enough.

I write like: Douglas Adams

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