Disappointingly tepid despite a great cast, you can see how the 2011 remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore comedy Arthur
seemed like a good idea on paper. You start with a script that unadventurously retreads the original, hoping to please the people who liked the first movie. Then you place a rakish comedian of odd stature in the leading role, banking on his biting asides and improvised commentary to keep the hardcore comedy fans laughing while the story unfolds. What could go wrong?
For those unfamiliar with the premise, Arthur is a story about a debauched, drunken playboy named Arthur Bach (Russell Brand). The sole heir to a multi-million-dollar ...