"Arthur" Movie Review

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A review of the movie "Arthur" starring Russell Brand.

Submitted: April 25, 2011

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The movie poster reads: “Meet the world’s only loveable billionaire.” The movie is “Arthur,” and the movie poster does not lie. By the end of the movie, audiences will be begging for more of the loveable title character.

“Arthur” tells the tale of a young, drunken billionaire, whose mother tells him he must marry a woman of her choosing, or he will lose his wealth. However, Arthur falls for another woman and is faced with a difficult choice: marry the woman his mother chooses and be miserable for the rest of his life, but still have the money; or marry the woman he is in love with and lose all the money. The movie was cast exceptionally, with Russell Brand as Arthur; Helen Mirren as his nanny, Hobson; Jennifer Gardner as Arthur’s power-hungry fiancée, Susan; and Greta Gerwig as Arthur’s love interest, Naomi.

The acting in the movie took me by surprise. I was able to believe that every character was an actual person. Brand’s portrayal of Arthur is exemplary. I was a bit skeptical because of his brash sense of humor. However, this brought out the childlike spirit of the character. Brand also incorporated his own British sense of humor into the film.

Also, the way Brand effortlessly moves from an uneducated child in an adult’s body, to a drunken adult and then a responsible adult with priorities towards the ending is phenomenal. Movie-goes also get the chance to see a glimpse of Brand’s romantic side when Arthur takes love interest Naomi Quinn on a first date in Grand Central Station.

Mirren also does an excellent job playing Hobson, who shows hardly any emotion at all, since she is used to Arthur’s antics. She does this flawlessly. However, Hobson does truly care for Arthur, as she has raised him and always taken care of him, and the little times Mirren shows this – and her sense of humor – is outstanding.

Gerwig, an up-and-coming actress, does an outstanding job as the quirky, strong-willed and determined Naomi. She has a bright future ahead as an actress.

Not much bad can be said about the movie. The setting was excellent, the characters were loveable and relatable and the plot and ending were equally superb. There was not an empty seat in the theatre and the movie grossed at $22 million the second week.

The movie is being shown in theatres everywhere, locally the Waterfront Theatres and South Side Works Cinemas. It is rated PG-13, and for good reason. Some of the jokes, sexual innuendos and alcohol use may be inappropriate for younger children.

“Arthur” is meant to be a comedy, but the connections between the characters become so strong and apparent. Through different events in the movie, there are innumerous laughs, and even some unexpected tear shed. “Arthur” two thumbs-up.

Emily Bastaroli


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