It stands to reason that since actors make their living inhabiting other people, great actors should thrive in a role where they are required to play a person who pretends to be somebody else. Dante Ariola’s directorial debut, Arthur Newman
, gives two very talented performers the chance to prove that supposition true.
The movie opens with a remarkably average-looking middle-aged man, played by Oscar winner Colin Firth, purchasing the driver’s license, Social Security card, and other important documents of a dead man. The next day he brings his son a gift, which the sullen boy ignores. Soon, after a stop at the beach to leave some of his clothes, the man...