Brand new arthur

But will Rus­sell's re­make be a hit or a miss

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Da­mon Smith

MONEY makes the world go around but it can’t buy you love ... Nor can it buy you a flaw­less up­date of the Os­car-win­ning 1981 com­edy star­ring Dud­ley Moore as the epony­mous bil­lion­aire and Sir John Giel­gud as his long-suf­fer­ing, straight-laced but­ler. Di­rec­tor Ja­son Winer and screen­writer Peter Bayn­ham cast Rus­sell Brand as their love­able yet ir­re­spon­si­ble man-child, whose lim­it­less for­tune al­lows him to cir­cum­vent the laws that keep the rest of so­ci­ety in check. Un­like his pre­de­ces­sor, Brand doesn’t pos­sess the in­nate vul­ner­a­bil­ity or charm which com­pelled us to care for Arthur as he boozed him­self to­wards obliv­ion. In­stead, this new ver­sion opts for risque hu­mour and pop cul­ture ref­er­ences, in­clud­ing a cameo for Evan­der Holy­field as the hero’s box­ing coach and a crunch­ing ap­pear­ance by the Bat­mo­bile in the open­ing se­quence. Cru­cially, Winer’s film chooses a fe­male nanny to keep Arthur out of trou­ble, cast­ing Os­car win­ner He­len Mir­ren in this piv­otal role. She brings grav­i­tas to the part and nabs many of the best lines, gen­tly tug­ging the heart­strings when the friend­ship with her reck­less ward is tested to its limit. Arthur Bach (Brand) is heir to his fam­ily’s vast for­tune, presided over by his emo­tion­ally cold mother, Vivi­enne (Geral­dine James). The head­line-grab­bing an­tics of her son threaten the pub­lic im­age of Bach World­wide and Vivi­enne sum­mons Arthur to her of­fice. Vivi­enne in­forms Arthur that he will marry cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive Su­san John­son (Jen­nifer Garner) to en­sure she can take charge of the com­pany. If Arthur re­fuses, he will be cut off from his in­her­i­tance

Arthur (Rus­sell Brand) cre­ates chaos in high so­ci­ety. and the priv­i­leged life­style he has known since birth. Arthur re­signs him­self to mar­i­tal hell, only to run into tour guide and as­pir­ing au­thor Naomi (Greta Ger­wig) out­side Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion. She has no clue who he is, and he re­sponds warmly to her quirky sense of hu­mour. Soon af­ter, Arthur tries to per­suade his mother he should marry for love not fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity. But Arthur goes ahead with the nup­tials while se­cretly see­ing Naomi, aided and abet­ted by Nanny Hob­son and chauf­feur Bit­ter­man (Luis Guz­man). Arthur boasts some nice mo­ments, most of them in­volv­ing Mir­ren and Brand whose on-screen rap­port sus­tains in­ter­est through the un­wieldy 110 minute

RI­OTOUS: PLAY­BOY: Rus­sell Brand with nanny He­len Mir­ren.

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