Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In Review: Arthur

Russell Brand plays Arthur, a alcoholic man-child with no employable skills and more money than a normal spoiled rich kid should get their hands on. Now normally this type of character would piss me off more than words could express...and in the past I have groaned through movies with the similar premise, but for some reason Russell Brand is so charming while playing the person you want to give a swift kick in the ass to that the annoyance disappears.

The movie started off movie friend actually said, "Oh, I think this is going to be a bad one." But then somewhere along the line the story hooks you, some redeemable qualities are exposed and it becomes rather endearing...instead of immature and outrageous. Not sure what that point was, but it happened.

Greta Gerwig plays Naomi, a poor fake tour guide in New York who wants to write children's books. She played a good opposite to Arthur...just as dumb, but also endearing. I have never seen Greta in anything before, but I liked the choice for this character. If I was going to pick someone more well known to play this part I would have went with Zooey Deschanel, but she has done the role opposite an idiot so much it was time to find some new talent in that area.

If I had to hate one character, which is a must...I wouldn't feel right about myself if I didn't hate something, it would have to be Jennifer Garner's character Susan. The girl who wants to marry Arthur to get control of his families company. It was actually kind of fun watching Garner be such a cow, but still....hatred.

There were a couple things in this movie that I liked....
  1. Arthur's magnetic floating bed...which I feel would be unhealthy to sleep on for extended periods of time.  Medical professionals back me up here.
  2. Arthur's pants....they were all a couple inches too short which I found to be hilarious.
  3. All of the obscene racist jokes that I am pretty sure myself and my friend were the only ones in the theatre that caught them.  It's not that I like was the stealthy way that the writers threw the stuff in there. Quite shocking, but quite amusing.
If you think you are going to be annoyed with this may be pleasantly surprised. That being said it was not the funniest thing I have ever seen. I did not use my stomach muscles as much as I thought I would, but I got in a couple of good chuckles.

Verdict: 3.9 Stars

Arthur is in theatres on Friday.


My friend cried. What a loser.

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