Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Arthur - DVD Review


Starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig, Jennifer Garner, Geraldine James, Luis Guzman, Nick Nolte and John Hodgman.
Directed by Jason Winer.

I liked the original. Never sullied its memory by seeing the sequel. But I have sullied its memory by seeing this.

Truth be told, as irritating as I might find Russell Brand in real life, he can be pretty funny in the movies. Forgetting Sarah Marshall, for example. And he has his moments here. But if anything this movie suffers from bad timing. I'm not a big fan of seeing millions of dollars go to waste, and as Arthur is a billionaire, he can afford to extravagant things, like rent out Grand Central Station. This movie made me think a national salary cap might be a good idea.

He's engaged to a gold-digging woman he doesn't love, but then he meets a sweet tour guide in a Diane Keaton hat. But if Arthur follows his heart, his mother will cut him off from his fortune. Oh, what will our little imp do?

Helen Mirren and Luis Guzman are amusing as his nanny and chaffeur, respectively. Are they worth making the rental? Not really.

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