Tuesday, September 27, 2016
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Preview the Paper Preview the Paper

Preview this week's Paper
A limited number of pages are displayed in this preview.
Preview this Week’s Issue ›
Subscribe Today ›

Lost & Found


VideoMissing white poodle mix from Sutherland a Springs. He's been missing since the beginning of August. Dillon has white curly hair. 210-219-7963.
Cute, friendly dog found in the Courthouse area. He obviously belongs to someone as he has a collar but no tags. Please call 210-355-2613 to claim him.

VideoFound: Senior Beagle mix, Aug. 20, on Palo Verde in The Estates of Eagle Creek Subdivision, Floresville, help this little one find her home. Call 210-487-8284 or 210-831-1343.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Pecan orchard is hiring additional employees for busy harvest season, Oct. 1-mid Dec., Falls City area, will be working in processing plant sorting pecans or with harvest crew, full/part time, $10/hr. Call for more details, 830-484-3759, leave message. 
The San Antonio River Authority is looking for highly qualified professionals. Visit www.sara-tx.org/public_information/employment.php for more information.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›

South Texas Living


Arther


Arther


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
April 19, 2011
1,708 views
Post a comment

Russell Brand reprises Dudley Moore role as spoiled millionaire

Starring Russell Brand, Helen Mirren & Jennifer Garner
Directed by Jason Winer
Rated PG-13, 110 minutes

Money can buy a lot of things, but love isn’t one of them.

As changeless and timeless as that pearl of wisdom appears to be, Hollywood nonetheless keeps returning to it, polishing it over and over, giving it a new shine for a new audience.

In “Arthur,” British bad-boy comedian Russell Brand plays an eccentric, stinking rich New York bachelor faced with tough marching orders: Get married to a social-climbing shrew he doesn’t love, or kiss his nearly billion-dollar inheritance bye-bye.

As the irresponsible, spoiled boozehound Arthur Bach, Brand steps into the role made famous by another British actor, Dudley Moore, in the original “Arthur” back in 1981. Jennifer Garner, a usually likeable actress, is tasked with the thankless role of Susan, the altogether unlikeable upper-crust bride-in-waiting who has her matrimonial sights locked on Arthur’s sizeable nest egg.

Helen Mirren is Hobson, Arthur’s no-nonsense British nanny, doing her best to make sure his immature antics don’t upset his stern mother, who’ll do whatever it takes---including disenfranchising her only son----to protect the rigid corporate image of the family’s financial empire.

Greta Gerwig plays Naomi, the waifish commoner who captures Arthur’s heart, jeopardizing his fortune and his future. And Nick Nolte is perfectly cast as Susan’s gruff real-estate mogul father, an intimidating mountain of a man who makes it perfectly, painfully clear what will happen to Arthur if he doesn’t walk down the aisle with his daughter.

Other than Hobson now being a woman (Sir John Gielgud was nominated for a supporting-role Oscar for his portrayal of the long-suffering butler in the original), the plot is basically a carbon copy of the 1981 version, only considerably bawdier, and with more crude humor than clever charm.

Dudley Moore’s Arthur may have been a stumbling, word-slurring drunk, but at least you really felt for him and wanted him to soar above his circumstances. Brand, whose brash, hedonistic, say-anything style was well suited to the roles he played in “Saving Sarah Marshall” and “Get Him To The Greek,” never connects here to the deeper emotions the movie wants us to feel as Arthur tries to mend his party-hearty ways, give up the bottle, react to another character’s health crisis and ultimately make a choice that will change his life forever, one way or another.

You’ll laugh; Brand’s a funny guy. But he has real trouble when he tries to spread his dramatic wings into any moment that doesn’t land on a punch line. His randy brand of humor seems like something best served as seasoning, not a full course.

At just under two hours, this “Arthur” is a comedic endurance test, a relentless pummeling that feels like an assault with someone else’s funny bone.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

South Texas Living Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Apple Pie readers help Julia fill in the blanks (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cheap cell phone plans for seniors (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Come And Take It starts Sept. 30 (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Disc water pitcher (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. DRT chapter plans meeting, new member class (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get ready to grill at show barn’s barbecue cook-off (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Old Town Day seeks vendors (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Poth VFD to serve up barbecued chicken (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Run and shine at Neon Sizzle 5K (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Spots open for Community Yard Sale (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. St. Mary’s Fall Festival Sept. 25 (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Support FUMC youth at barbecue ‘fun’ raiser (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Teen MOPS plans upcoming meetings (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The root of many evils (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Uncovering local legends: The grave in the middle of the road (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. URBAN-15 seeks dancers, drummers (September 21, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chicago Cub yearbooks (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy Country Music Show Sept. 20 (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. How to prevent falls at home (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Krawietz family reunion (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. La Vernia EMS plans Car Show (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Labatt Club donates to library, children (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Low voices and high hopes (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lutheran Church plans Sausage Dinner (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Medicaid covers mosquito repellent to fight Zika (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Metting family plans reunion (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Non-prescription drugs — the forgotten solution to rising health-care costs (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Relay For Life meeting is Sept. 15 (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Seguin Cowboy Gathering is Sept. 17 (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Smith Gas celebrates 88 years in business (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. The life of Doris Billimek Moczygemba (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Trail ride donations surpass $1M (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Visit Remembering Our Fallen exhibit in Seguin (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Who will take care of you? (September 14, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. A life shaped by hard work and hunting (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. After-Dinner Chocolates (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cajun music Sept. 10 (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Donate hearing aids, glasses, equipment (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Earn a certification in native landscaping (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Enjoy EquestFest 2016 (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Getting Engaged? How to spend wisely (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mystery box (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Nominate a nonprofit for Literacy Award (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Old medicine chest dates back to 1821 (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Professional bull riding returns to Fredericksburg (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Register to run for tacos Oct. 1 (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Road Runners plan September outings (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Still time to buy tickets for Wild Game Dinner (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Take a tour of SS museum Sept. 17 (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Take the H-E-B Slim Down challenge (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Vote for top flick at Manhattan Short Film Festival (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Welcome to The Greenline, a 43-acre linear park (September 7, 2016)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. ‘Cupping’ long before Phelps did it (September 7, 2016)
WCN Photo Contest HHF
WWII Clippings HHF
Coupon Q&A HHF-right
coupon home-rght
Voncille Bielefeld homeAllstate & McBride RealtyFriesenhahn Custom WeldingTriple R DC ExpertsHeavenly Touch home

  Copyright © 2007-2016 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.