One Sentence: You might be surprised, I was.
Release Date: 08-Apr-2011
It just looks terrible doesn’t it? Unfunny trailers, Russel Brand who seems to not click with people, especially in trailers, and a remake of a generally beloved movie. It has tons of cards stacked against it. My girlfriend didn’t even want to go to the screening last night. After the movie she was glad she went, and I was very glad I was wrong. The remake of Arthur is a sweet tender remake that will work for those that are not clinging to Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.
First of all, I feel like I don’t like Russell Brand, but when I think about it I actually do like him, there is something about him. A joy and humor that you can feel, I loved him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and I loved him in Arthur. He might be loud and brash, but he is also sweet and at least feels genuine, and it comes across very well in Arthur. So this was a nice surprise at how much I liked him in Arthur. Him alongside Helen Mirren really worked for me. The whole movie was a sweet playful story, that worked on many levels. The comedy was a lot better than I was expecting. The story was gentle, sweet, and easy. Nick Nolte played an amazing small role. It all just worked out much better than I had expected and was pleasantly surprised.
I know there is a lot of hate already about this movie. I have already had lots of people say they are sorry for me having to have seen this movie, but I am going to say give this one a chance. You might be surprised at how much you like it. I would even pay to go see it this weekend if I was looking for a sweet comedy with a little romance. It is worth the cost for sure.