Arthur Remake Just Plain Awful
Russell Brand stars in Jason Winer's remake
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2011 1:12 PM CDT
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(Newser) Arthur, a Russell Brand-powered remake of the film about a drunken billionaire man-child, fails miserably at recapturing its predecessor’s magic:

  • It’s a “grim load of mediocrity,” writes AO Scott, “made according to a lazy and cynical commercial blueprint” of Brand's “patented shtick,” “contrived, semi-naughty comic set pieces,” and sentimentality, he notes in the New York Times. “Never have I needed a drink so badly.”

  • Betsy Sharkey agrees in the Los Angeles Times. “Where to begin with what went wrong when just about everything did?” she asks. It “made me want to cry, just not for Arthur.”
  • “This Arthur is missing a soul,” notes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News. “A genuine melancholy ran through the story the first time,” but “that grounding sadness has been replaced by a chintzy sentimentalism as clunky as its comedy."
  • “The comedy is now crude instead of whimsical and its characters overblown caricatures instead of screwball personalities," writes Kirk Honeycutt in the Hollywood Reporter. “A movie has been reduced to a sketch.”

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Apr 9, 2011 10:01 AM CDT
Russell Brand is odd and weird, and why remake the original anyway - it wasn't all that great the first time.
Apr 9, 2011 9:26 AM CDT
The only observable talent Russell Brand has is nailing Katy Perry.
Apr 9, 2011 7:59 AM CDT
I thought the original was pretty awful so God only knows how bad the remake is going to be. Dudley Moore without Peter Cook was never really funny. 10 was an execrable film. Any Derek and Clive fans out there?