Henry Fitzherbert of the Daily Express really didn’t like Russell Brand’s film “Arthur” – that’s REALLY didn’t like it:
Russell Brand’s conquest of Hollywood comes to an abrupt halt with Arthur, an astonishingly unwise remake of the fondly-regarded Dudley Moore comedy.
Whereas the 1981 original cemented Moore’s status as a major star, two years after Blake Edwards’s 10, the remake buries Brand’s after a couple of promising supporting parts in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek (he played a louche rock star in both).
Here he is front and centre and it is not a pretty sight, literally. Brand’s odd looks are not those of a conventional movie star (one unkind observer compared him with a transvestite horse) but the bigger problem is his abrasive persona. Cuddly Dudley he ain’t.
I cannot recall a movie in which I took such an instant dislike to the main character. Within nanoseconds of setting eyes on Brand’s spoilt, fatuous playboy, Arthur Bach, I hated him.
The film had a disappointing opening weekend at the UK and Ireland box office, taking just £764,468. It entered the chart at number three despite opening at 434 cinemas, averaging £1,761 per screen.
Arthur’s poor opening will be a disappointment to film bosses after a more successful US opening of $12.2m (£7.4m) in its first three days.