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    Posted: April 07 2011 at 10:22am
IN SPITE of ITS GLORIFICATION of PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, DRUNK DRIVING and OTHER LESS-THAN-AMUSING HABITS of ITS BESOTTEN LEAD CHARACTER, the ORIGINAL 1981 ARTHUR WAS BERRY AMUSING, AS WELL AS BEING NOMINATED for 4 OSCARS (INCLUDING DUDLEY MOORE as BEST ACTOR) and WINNING TWO of THEM (INCLUDING JOHN GIELGUD as BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR). 

ON PAPER AT LEAST, THE 2011 REMAKE of ARTHUR, REPLACING DUDLEY MOORE with the EQUALLY IMPISH RUSSELL BRAND, and REPLACING GIELGUD with JUST-AS-CLASSY FELLOW OSCAR WINNER HELEN MIRREN, SEEMED to HAVE PROMISE -- WOW, a REMAKE THAT MIGHT EQUAL (OR, GOD FORBID!) ACTUALLY SURPASS the OLDER FILM on WHICH IT'S BASED... 

BUT THEN, the EARLY REVIEWS CAME IN and RIGHTLY DECLARED THIS ONE WAS ALMOST as LAME as ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS, the AWFUL 1988 SEQUEL to the ORIGINAL ARTHUR, WHICH "WON" LIZA MINNELLI a WORST ACTRESS RAZZIE®

SADLY, THIS FILM's FAILURE SUGGESTS THAT, EVEN WHEN THEY GET the CASTING RIGHT, HOLLYWOOD STILL CAN'T DO a REMAKE WITHOUT BLOWING IT NOWADAYS. AND, SINCE ABOUT 87% of EVERYTHING HOLLYWOOD IS MAKING THESE DAYS IS a REMAKE, RIP-OFF or "RE-IMAGINING" of SOMETHING THEY'VE ALREADY DONE, THAT's BAD NEWS FOR EVERYONE...EXCEPT for VOTING RAZZIE® MEMBERSof COURSE!  

WANNA EXPRESS YER THOUGHTS on ARTHUR??  HERE's the LINK to DO JUST THAT...




BRAND to GARNER: "What're you...a film critic?!?!?"  


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