Ar­row is straight-out fun

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THE new su­per­hero se­ries Ar­row is ut­terly ridicu­lous but plays it rel­a­tively straight – which only adds to the fun of the whole thing. This tale of a mys­te­ri­ous vig­i­lante is based on the DC Comics char­ac­ter Green Ar­row, who cleans up the streets of his city armed with his trusty bow and ar­row and his ab­surdly de­fined mus­cu­la­ture. If you’ve caught the bar­rage of ad­verts pro­mot­ing Ar­row in the lead-up to its pre­miere, you’ve al­ready en­joyed a taste of the show’s mildly in­tox­i­cat­ing mix of silly and cool. Its lead Stephen Amell dis­plays a win­ning soul­ful­ness and sin­cer­ity to com­ple­ment his strong phys­i­cal pres­ence. He plays Oliver Queen, a bil­lion­aire play­boy who re­turns home to Star­ling City af­ter a ship­wreck stranded him on an is­land for five years. Re­garded as a bratty, en­ti­tled lad-about-town be­fore his dis­ap­pear­ance, Oliver sur­vived his or­deal by ‘‘forg­ing him­self into a weapon’’. He’s a badass archer and mar­tial arts ex­pert, flu­ent in sev­eral lan­guages a lin­guist and a dab hand at hack­ing com­put­ers. He’s out to ‘‘bring jus­tice to those who have poi­soned my city’’.

– GUY DAVIS

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