Excerpt: It’s been about 30 years since we were first presented with the film â€œArthur.â€� It starred Dudley Moore as an alcoholic billionaire (or maybe at the time, millionaire) who had everything he’d ever wanted except genuine happiness. The film was critically acclaimed and actor John Gielgud won an Oscar for his portrayal of Arthur’s butler, Hobson.
Excerpt: Finally, the much delayed Why So Blu review of the Arthur Blu-ray is here! One of the best things I can say about Arthur is that a lot of people laughed really hard when I saw it in theaters, and that does not make them wrong. However, the percentage of those people who had seen the original 1981 Arthur was probably very low. That film is superior, but this update has some genuinely funny moments.
Summary: This could be the only positive review of Arthur you read. I should know; I read a number of scathing reviews when deciding whether or not to catch director Jason Winer's remake of filmmaker Steve Gordon's 1981 comedy classic of the same name when it arrived in theaters earlier this year. Most critics took aim at leading man Russell Brand, the wiry British comedian stepping into the sloshy shoes of the late Dudley Moore's titular playboy.
Excerpt: Beyond providing an unflinching look at what happens to those caught between the moon and New York City, the 1981 comedy Arthur gave veteran comic actor Dudley Moore one of the best roles of his career as a drunken playboy cackling his way through a search for love. Though the movie—the single directorial effort from veteran television writer Steve Gordon, who died the following year—is uneven, Moore sells the performance with the sadness resting just behind the surface...
Summary: Arthur starts off genuinely funny. Russell Brand has some good lines and his character of a juvenile playboy fits him like a glove (I wonder why?). He also has Helen Mirren slumming it as a straight man to bounce his material off. If the rest of the film consisted of Russell Brand continuing to just be Russell Brand, it would have been a marked improvement.