Ouch! This stings!!!
Then again, these are just the critics! What do they know!
This weekend, the box office belongs to Russell Brand as two of his movies are poised to take it all: his animated venture, Hop, and his remake of the Dudley Moore/Liza Minelli classic, Arthur.
As it is the latter's opening weekend, we've just gotten our hands on the reviews for the flick. To be brief - no one really liked it. We'll be making our own judgements when we see it, but for the time being, here's what everyone else had to say:
New York Daily News:
"There are two signs that the new Arthur is a badly slurring shadow of the 1981 mini-classic starring Dudley Moore. The first is a small but notable difference on the movie poster. On the original, the ‘a’ in Arthur is leaning precariously against the ‘r,’ as if recovering from a tough night out. The new logo is straight-ahead, boring, typical. The second and more crucial alteration is that this Arthur is missing a soul.”
"Maybe the 1981 film isn’t exactly a sacred cow, but from the temperance subplot that replaces the original’s unrepentant celebration of Arthur’s obliteration to the sh*tty up-tempo cover of Christopher Cross’s karaoke classic “Arthur’s Theme,” this remake seems to exist only to zap the original of its minor pleasures.”
New York Times:
“What is supposed to be Arthur’s maturation is actually regression, as if he were trading in the whiskey bottle for the baby bottle. He rejects the corruptions of adulthood imposed by his ruthless mother and his sexually predatory fiancée in favor of a relationship characterized by unthreatening, childlike innocence. He and Naomi eat Pez candy on their first date and share their happy-ending kiss in a room full of kindergartners. Never have I needed a drink so badly.”
Wow! How about you guys say what you really feel???
When you remake a movie, there are always going to be comparisons…but the younger audience that is bound to go see this in droves this weekend will have probably never seen the original, so they'll have nothing to compare it to.
Maybe audiences will like it more, Russ! Don't let this get you down!
How many of U are planning to see this movie this weekend?
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