Rating Explanation: for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Despite some funny gags, this is a predictable, uninspired, irritating, and totally unnecessary remake.
Added DVD Features: Arthur Unsupervised - Russel Brand and director Jason Winer expose all the fun fotage, outrageous photos and ad-libs too wild for theaters; Gag reel; Additional scenes - Over 10 minutes of nonstop Russell.
Russell Brand ...
Helen Mirren ...
Greta Gerwig ...
Jennifer Garner ...
Geraldine James ...
Luis Guzmán ...
Nick Nolte ...
Christina Calph ...
The 1981 hit comedy Arthur starred Dudley Moore as the millionaire playboy and John Gielgud as his fatherly butler. It was a breezy delightful success, so why bother redoing it, especially the way that first-time director Jason Winer has done it. In this remake, the biggest change is that Hobson, Arthur's fatherly butler, has been changed into a nanny, played by Helen Mirren ("The Queen").
It also emphasizes Arthur's infantilism. But unlike
John Gielgud's character, Helen Mirren's Hobson is in constant conflict with her
aging charge. She prods sharply where the butler steered Arthur gently. In fact she's a bit of an angry Mary Poppins.
AndArthur as played by Russell Brand ("Forgetting Sarah Marshall") is a pathetic, bratty little boy who refuses to grow up rather than a genial alcoholic who wouldn't harm a fly. The story again revolves around Arthur's billionaire mother (Geraldine James "Sherlock Holmes") demanding Arthur grow up enough to enter into a loveless marriage to a rich WASP (Jennifer Garner), mostly for business purposes, or he'll be disinherited. And that just when Arthur meets the love of his life Naomi (Greta Gerwig "Greenberg"). an unlicensed Grand Central Station
What's missing in this new version is spontaneity and
gentle whimsy as well as the delightful wit of the
original film. The script prods along without memorable
lines or scenes even while trying to imitate the original as closely as it can. It's a big disappointment.