Russell Brand stars as the charming yet irresponsible heir to a billion dollar corporation in Hollywood’s latest remake
I rarely go to the show anymore but I JUST had to, having been a hugenormous Dudley Moore fan. And except for
Liza Minneli, Arthur was one of my most favorite comedies of all time.
I sure did not care for Russell Brand. And then surprise he slowwwly began to grow on me. His portrayal of Arthur was better than Dudley’s in several ways. Without giving any of the movie away, ( for yes it differed than the original) I will say he was much more endearing and naive. Best is he made you notice it. Whereas Dudley was simply a wealthy childlike drunk. Russell had great comic timing. He actually made you fall for him.
There are many great one-liners that will stick with you.
Helen Mirren was a great twist. If you have not seen the preview, one of the funniest moments was when Arthur made her don a Darth Vader mask & he ordered her to say “Wash your winkie” ( 1:44 in the following trailer). Now personally, this gave me hysterics for when my son was little, I racked my brain what to call it. And for many reasons I won’t mention ‘Winkie’ was the most suitable.
Jennifer Garner to me seems like the perfect hardnose as Susan, the forced on Arthur fiance.
One of the simply most hilarious scenes is when Garner tries to be impulsive, which kinda,sorta bites her in the tush thanks to Arthur’s revolving magnetic bed (2:12 in trailer).
Rounding out the cast of eccentric characters is Arthur’s ‘soulmate’ , Naomi, played by Greta Gerwig. She is definitely Arthur’s North to his South. Very genuine & sweet. And surprise, Nick Nolte, looking aged & bloated as Garner’s father. I wish he would have had a bigger role in the movie.
And I could not do this review without including a collage of clips from Arthur 1981. For Dudley Moore who left us way too soon (March 27, 2002):
~ I highly recommended you see Arthur and give it:
Three out of three Pipers ~JP