Arthur (1981)

“Thank you for a memorable afternoon, usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature.” – Hobson

Number of Times Seen – At least three times (Cable in the 80’s, 24 Jul 2011 and 2 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A spoiled rich man who is being forced by his parents to get married tries to continue to live his life to the fullest and while doing so, ends up falling in love with a poor waitress.

My Take on it – This is a film that works on numerous levels even though the premise itself is a bit strange.

The romantic comedy aspects of the film are quite enjoyable to watch largely due to the way that Dudley Moore used his comedic talents throughout.

He plays his character in a very wacky way and that helps endear him to the audience.

The chemistry that he has with Liza Minelli is great because they are both quite crazy together and that is what is needed here.

As great as both of them are in the leads tho, this film is easily a comedic spotlight for someone who one normally wouldn’t think of as a comedian and that is Sir John Gielgud.

Gielgud steals every scene he is in as Moore’s butler and friend and is perfectly cast in this role despite the fact that on paper one wouldn’t imagine that it could work since it feels like a very miscast role for the Shakespearean actor of his stature.

As a morality play, this film is quite effective as it draws on the ‘forbidden’ relationships between the various classes but manages somehow to keep things fun throughout.

Bottom Line – Very fun romantic comedy that works so well despite its somewhat strange premise. Moore is great in the title role and is wacky chemistry with Minelli is just what they needed here.  As good as they both are tho, they are easily outshone by Gielgud who seems on paper to be completely miscast in this supporting role, yet in actuality he was perfect for it stealing every scene he is in.  As a morality play, this film is quite effective despite its few flaws. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Dudley Moore kept cracking up the cast and crew, so much so, that twenty-seven takes were needed to get one scene filmed at one point. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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