Here we have rich, over the top, spoiled Arthur (Brand) who is so out of control and embarrassing that his mother (to whom he owes his wealth) has concocted a plan to have him wed and finally leashed so as not to cause more damage to her empire. Enter Susan Johnson (Jennifer Garner), his mother’s associate and his wife to be. Of course, in typical Romance story fashion, as there is no love between the two, Arthur meets and falls in love with someone else... Are you rolling your eyes yet?
First the good, of which I can only name two points, one that Jennifer Garner though typical in performance, was semi effective. Secondly, I will give Brand that he did make me half smile at times during the movie... That’s all he gets. Thing is, I really wanted to get behind him, especially after my horrible experience with “Get him to the Greek”. It would appear that this flick suffers from the same type issues.
Here’s the thing. Brand’s Arthur is infused with such cartoon like character that it’s hard to be forgiving when we realize that he has all sorts of nasty hyper-real life struggles like being self loathing and having difficulties with alcoholism. Ugh. That distasteful mix of guilt free type fun and gritty drama is what put me off to “Get him to the Greek”.
At least it’s better than that other movie, but that isn’t saying much. Gimme Russell brand in either one genre movie or another, or at least let me see less of him as there was in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, now that, I enjoyed him in.
Arthur gets a 4/10 on scale.