26/04/2011

Arthur

Uh oh, here's another remake we're supposed to hate that actually matches up, if not surpasses, the original. What WILL the naysayers have to complain about now? Well yes, I said it, as much as I love Dudley Moore and Liza's gift for pencilling on some damn fine brows the much loved 1981 original has its moments (most of which belong to John Gielgud, on Oscar-winning form) but remains just aiight.

This remake starring former MTV presenter Russell Brand has more laugh out loud moments then I was prepared for and although the gags slow down towards the end and it's a tad long, I thought it was a very enjoyable watch. Notably all the figures in Arthur's 80s life have gone from men to wimmin signalling the slight change from spoilt playboy to spoilt manchild but I had no problem with that and it completely works when coupled with Brand's squeaky-voiced, dandy ways.

In short, your enjoyment of Arthur 2.0 all depends on one question perfectly illustrated by this 1 minute Paint job:

Bosh.