In 1981, "Arthur" was a comedy hit, winning two Academy Awards for best actor in a supporting role (John Gielgud) and best original song ("Arthur's Theme"). The movie was critically acclaimed, and moviegoers consider it a classic.
Now 30 years later, "Arthur" has been remade with British comedian Russell Brand filling in the shoes of Dudley Moore as Arthur. Arthur is a drunk and very wealthy man who is cared for by Hobson (Helen Mirren) but will soon be cut off from his inheritance by Vivian (Geraldine James) unless he marries Susan (Jenifer Garner). Arthur doesn't really love Susan, but he wants to keep his wealth and is forced into the marriage. But he is hit with cupid's arrow when he meets Naomi (Greta Gerwig). So Arthur must choose between true love and wealth.
Brand and Gerwig are wonderfully sweet and really cute to watch. They have great chemistry even though they are from two different worlds. Garner plays a creepy, cruel and and very obnoxious character. I'm surprised no one could see how mean she really is. Mirren does a fantastic job playing Hobson. She is funny and witty. You can't watch her and Brand together without smiling.
This is a very sweet film but it lacks laughs and humor. It's dry in belly-busting laughs, but it will give you a few chuckles.
It isn't a terrible movie, and I can't say I didn't have a good time because I did. It's enjoyable for what it is, but it just lacks that extra bit of comedy that could have made it a much better film.
Ryan Koller is a junior at Depew High School.
3 stars (out of 4)