Friday April 22nd 2011
I purposely avoided seeing No Strings Attached when it was released back in February because the general consensus was that it was a bit shit, and the thought of seeing Greta Gerwig in a shit movie was too much for my fragile soul to bear. Arthur, with its awful marketing campaign and 28% Rotten Tomatoes score, presented much the same problem.
Luckily for me, that hypothetical Bad Greta Gerwig Movie remains purely hypothetical, because Arthur is totally great. (Side note: ‘great’ is an anagram of ‘Greta’. Coincidence? I think not.)
I haven’t seen the original Dudley Moore ‘classic’ because it’s like, A MILLION YEARS OLD and doesn’t have Russell Brand in it. Besides, until this new incarnation came along I only had room in my life for one Arthur and that position had long since been filled…
I’m humming the theme tune now.
Regardless, my lovable anthropomorphised pal will have to move over, because Brand’s eccentric billionaire is (if such a thing is possible) even more charming and hilarious than an 8-year-old aardvark in a yellow jumper. I saw the film in a screening attended by a whopping two people – myself included – and even then the laughter was pretty much continuous.
Unsurprisingly it slows down A LOT towards the end, and after a while the endless montages soundtracked by some low-rent Daniel Powter (and imagine how low-rent that must make him) get a little tiresome, but like Cedar Rapids this is a refreshingly good-natured and gender-equal comedy that manages to provide some big laughs without sacrificing its sincerity or integrity.
And, you know…
Arthur is out today and it’s better than Pina.