Review – Arthur
A new age of comedy filmmaking has begun, welcome to the age of Russell Brand comedies. Russell Brand is the new Adam Sandler, for years Sandler has churned out movies where he plays the same character (himself) while bumbling through films that all have the same plot. The torch has been passed and Russell Brand has carved a niche for himself where he gets to play…himself! While ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and ‘Get Him to the Greek’ saw Brand playing the same character, ‘Arthur’ proves that there is not much Brand can do but flex the muscles of his own personality. ‘Arthur’ is a remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore film of the same name in which billionaire playboy Arthur (Russell Brand) faces a life without his billions unless he marries a wealthy business woman Susan (Jennifer Garner). The decision is made harder after Arthur meets a beautiful tour guide Naomi (Greta Gerwig) and his has only his trusted nanny Hobson (Helen Mirren) to help him make the right decision. ‘Arthur’ has a few good laughs but not enough to keep this lengthy comedy going, it only just misses out on being a complete disaster thanks to some good performances and a surprise pinch of emotion.
The success of ‘Arthur’ depends on how much you like Russell Brand because he drives the entire film. Watching the film you get the feeling that a lot of the big laughs come from Brand improvising of injecting his own humour into the movie and he deserves credit for that. Helen Mirren has a good chemistry with Brand and brings the film down to earth while delivering the films emotional sucker punch. For a comedy ‘Arthur’ has some good laughs but not enough to sustain the film the whole way through. For a comedy its way too long and a good 20 minutes could have been cut out to make the film sharper.
When you break it down ‘Arthur’ is a film for Russell Brand fans, the appeal rests on his shoulders and he delivers the goods but may be grating for some people. Expect to see more of Brand’s routine as his star continues to rise and he morphs into this generations Adam Sandler.
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