The New “Arthur”

Arthur  is a movie about a rich spoiled man who never grew up.

Arthur was originally released in 1981.  The remake starring Russell Brand was released in 2011.  And the story is still the same.  A lost person who never had a reason to be responsible or serious finds he might need to grow up before he can get the girl.  Everyone around him wants him to grow up and quit playing around and drinking to excess.  Maybe an arranged marriage is the answer they think.  But personal growth is one’s own responsibility.  And Arthur himself has to find his own reason to “man up.”

The difference in these two films, besides more explicit celebrity player scenes (especially given the American audience is very aware of celebrity party lifestyles), a female nanny instead of the traditional valet, and an ambitious, driven business woman for his fiancée, is Arthur does have to choose to grow up.  On his own.  Without any promises that his new love will take care of him.  Between his wedding and the couple’s reconcile about 6 months go by.  And Arthur stops drinking!   Wow!

And that’s what I like about Arthur.  It is a story of choosing to change.  But when you change, it is something you have to choose for yourself.  And it is not something someone else can do for you.  And the new Arthur is very honest about that.