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1. Russell Brand does the best that he can do to fill Dudley Moore's shoes. No longer a loveable slushy drunk, Arthur's now a wild boy child, throwing money around doing his best to ease the recession (and possibly share a few std's along the way).
2. Helen Mirren gets caught between the moon and New York City as she lovingly rolls her eyes at his antics and then makes it all better with a stern look and a snappy comment.
3. Greta Gerwig plays his first real love interest (not counting Helen Mirren's character,Hobson), an aspiring writer of children's books by night and an illegal tour guide by day. Her character, Naomi, turns his heart around, and next thing you know, he's closing down the town (or at least Grand Central Station)
4. His fiancée Susan (Jennifer Garner), her dad (Nick Nolte) and his mom (Geraldine James) compete fiercely for the "most unlikeable" award. I know it's crazy, but it's true.
5. Bottom line is that this is an "okay" movie, barely nodding to its predecessor with one short burst of the melody of the original theme song, but at the end of it, you'll wake up way across town and find it's not still with you.
Amanda Richards, July 8, 2011
Arthur goes along with this to keep his fortune, but then meets the love of his life — in the old movie, a tough-talking waitress played by Liza Minnelli, but here a whimsical tour-guide and wannabe children’s author, played ineffectually by Greta Gerwig.
I really love this movie, its mindless fun to watch with friends, not really suitable for children though, so don't plan on this one being a family movie.
My only reason for seeing this movie is because Luis Guzman is in it. He plays "Bitterman".
Horrible remake to the original "Arthur" movies. The dearly missed Dudley Moore was in the original movie as the short drunk and was very funny, in fact, he also did a second movie.
This remake with Russell Brand was very difficult to get through and only made me miss Dudley Moore even more.
Luis Guzman was cute in the Robin-The Boy Wonder costume.
Also in the cast: Helen Mirren, Jennifer Garner, Greta Gerwig, Nick Nolte, Evander Holyfield, Robert Clohessy.
For a good time and many laughs, please see the two original movies starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.
Arthur 2 - On the Rocks (1988).
Both movies on Blu-ray: Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks (2-Movie Collection) [Blu-ray].
Brand is a comedic actor with unique talents but they fit this role like a glove. He is onscreen virtually every minute and it is on his shoulders this movie rests. His "Arthur" is a more a fun loving playboy than Dudley Moore's sloppy drunk and that is a good thing. No one could top John Gielgud's Oscar winning peformance as Hobson but Helen Mirren does a good job nonetheless. The rest of the movie is well cast although in the original, the father of Arthur's poor lover got off some of the funniest lines of the movie and here, he is mostly invisible.
I don't know that this is a better or worse movie than the 1981 original but it is an enjoyable film. Brand is funny and believable and his charms are just right for this version of "Arthur".
It is said other actors refuse to work with him because he is THAT good that he can improvise Shakespeare to suit a different flow. And in his "Arthur" he made a different movie 100% Different . As much as I LOVED Dudley Moore there were entire caricatures and flippant reparte:
Arthur: I'm going to take a bath.
Hobson: I'll alert the media.
Wast THAT "really" funny ? No it was not.
Looking back the chemistry was not as intertwined .
Russel's "Arthur" is a lot more polished . Helen Mirren delivery always carries an underlying motherly cushioning.
All around it feels like a less "contrived" comedy because the jokes are not thrusted up your nose. You get it or you do not.
Russell Brand should be a MEGA star by now , but it is obvious his mind is is summarized in Walt Whitman's quote
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
And THAT is Brand.. There's no subject he can not discuss with authority and profundity or as a totally innocent 7 year old boy.
One thing about the movie . I will NEVER be able to see Helen Mirren and not remember her role in "Caligula" and I write this with a great deal of affection . The lady made a MAN out of me :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie and I love Russell Brand. Of all the movies he has been in this is his best performance beside his live comedy shows!Published 1 month ago by thenielandfamily
Funnnny movie! Russell Brand is clever....script is absolutely brilliant!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I give 1 star only because of Helen Mirren !!! Would be 0 without her !!!Published 3 months ago by BM
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