I’ll be honest with you, I don’t care for Russell Brand. I don’t think he’s particularly funny, and I didn’t like the fact that he’s taking on a classic role like Arthur. The only reason I care for this film at all is because Jennifer Garner’s in it. She hasn’t had many good action roles since Alias, and while this time she is playing the love interest here, I’d still like to see it.
As the trailer suggests, Arthur is less of a drunk and more of just a crazed man-child. Frankly, that kind of shtick has gotten old thanks to Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, and countless others. Hopefully, there’s more to the character than that. It seems the film does stay particularly faithful to the original, including using the same character names. The role of Hobson the butler, played by Sir John Gielgud in the original, is played by Helen Mirren in the new version.
The trailer does have its moments, but as we’ve seen before with one comedy after another, any movie can be funny for two minutes. Arthur opens April 8 nationwide.