Arthur - Review

Arthur, Helen Mirren, ... | DRUNKEN PLAYBOY Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in Arthur

The first time I saw Russell Brand, as the hilariously dissolute British quipster rock star inForgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), I thought he was brilliant. He made the character so narcissistic yet so relaxed and at home in his self-absorption that he turned every line into a wicked, off-kilter surprise. (He was my choice for best supporting actor of the year.) In last year'sGet Him to the Greek, Brand played the same character with added screen time, and he was still amusing, only not quite as much — less of Brand, it turned out, was more. Now, in what seems like it should be a perfect piece of casting, he stars in a remake of Arthur as a wealthy, childish, and perpetually drunken playboy (the role made so impishly charming 30 years ago by Dudley Moore). This time, though, I really started to wonder: Why are we sitting and watching this dithering, half-cocked egomaniac? The new Arthur is a feathery screwball satire, competent on its own terms, yet as the movie went on I found it increasingly hard to separate the character's self-indulgence from that of the actor playing him. Read More...

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