- Aug 26, 2004
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Russell Brand's Arthur Remake:Reinventing the Funny DrunkHow to portray Arthur's bourbon-at-breakfast habit posed a bigger challenge. In keeping with current norms—and to keep a PG-13 rating—Mr. Baynham worked in an Alcoholics Anonymous angle, walking a line between a "leaden" moral message and making light of substance abuse. In addition, a soused Arthur is always chauffeured. In the original, Dudley Moore pilots his Rolls while slugging from a brown bag. Had such a scene survived in the remake, Mr. Brezner says, "We would have been guilty of every accusation that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has ever made."
Whenever I do this, I always feel obliged to declare as honestly as I can that I am not going to fall asleep, 5 minutes before it happens. Usually takes at least half hour for my wife to notice - she can't stand it.I'm only 37 but sadly I find it very hard to stay awake during a film at night - frustrates the crap out of my wife. I easily got through this one even though it's 133 mins long
I quite liked it, the only average bits were Ryan Kwanten's rockyesque facial expressions and the way they played the music when Jimmy went into the pub.I thought the first 40 mins was very promising, had good atmos, but think it lost it's way massively after that