Based on the 1981 film by the same name, millionaire playboy Arthur Bach (Russell Brand) lives the life of luxury with what seems like an endless supply of money. After numerous black marks on his family name, his mother gives him an ultimatum; either marry the lovely heiress Susan (Jennifer Garner) or lose out on the millions of dollars.
Arthur happens to not love Susan, but doesn’t want to lose the money even more so naturally he agrees to the deal. What he didn’t expect was to come across Naomi (Greta Gerwig) and fall in love. Seeing as he’s already engaged, it doesn’t look like things will end well for Arthur.
Russell Brand is famous for his over-the-top rocker persona he portrays on screen and with Arthur things are no different. He’s the same eccentric oddball we’ve seen with Aldous Snow only this time he has even more money. If you’ve ever been annoyed by his characters in the past, this one is no different. Well, at least for the first half of the film that is.
As the film goes on, we start to see the typical comedic style of Brand fade into the background as he begins to mature into a more responsible person. He does retain a little of that childish wonder and awe but for the most part, he’s a better person. You can tell that the tone changes drastically when he falls for Naomi.
In some ways, Naomi is very similar to Arthur. She has just the right amount of craziness in her but there is also this sweet innocence surrounding her. In a lot of ways, she reminds me of Zooey Deschanel. You can’t help but think that the two make quite the cute couple.
If you’re a fan of Russell Brand and his comedy, you’ll have no trouble enjoying Arthur. It’s funny, witty, and has just the right amount of story to actually make sense. Helen Mirren is the most sensible person in the film as Arthur’s longtime nanny. Oftentimes it is she who makes an important statement or reveals some life lesson to take away. Arthur is a little front heavy. Much of the humor is found towards the beginning of the film while towards the end everything becomes more serious. For some, this can become a little boring.
Overall though, Arthur will provide you with plenty of laughs and good times. While he may not be as good as Dudley Moore, Russell Brand serves the character well.