The best things in life are free! That’s the overall theme of the revamp of ARTHUR. Hollywood movies always need to present a thematic that carries the film from the first to last scene. If it doesn’t happen, then the film runs false for the audience without them realizing it. It’s like they’ve given us something to chew on at the beginning and then all of a sudden it goes away for awhile, then it comes back, and then it goes away. It’s like we’re being teased and most of us don’t like being teased.
And that’s the problem with the 2011 version of ARTHUR. The film works at times and then it runs flat at times. Because its overall theme is there and then it’s not there.
Making the ARTHUR movie for 2011 audiences was a strange move. We’re in that time in history where most of us don’t like rich people because they seem to have a disinterest of what’s happening in the world with many people. AND, many workers blame these rich people for ruining the economy by being 5 years behind the times of the technological era, which lead to the current recession. So it’s hard watching a movie about a spoiled man/child who seems to like to blow money on idiotic things to heel his mommy didn’t love me wounds, when many people are working paycheck to paycheck to pay off their debt or house mortgages. Or worse, out of a job and worried about being thrown to the streets.
So overall it’s hard to feel for this guy no matter how witty he is. But if they actually presented the theme of FREE is the best things in life angle, then ARTHUR 2011 could of worked.
And they went there. Arthur falls for a girl who enjoys the things that New York City gives everyone for free. The skyscrapers, the artistry in the city, and her favorite Grand Central Station. She shows Arthur what she loves the most and it doesn’t cost anything. Most people might think that is a lame or unrealistic point of view. Of course the best things cost something, that’s the backbone of our society!
Perhaps that’s why ARTHUR stopped short on what they really wanted to say. Perhaps the studios got scared that people wouldn’t believe in this theme. After all, they are paying money to watch the film and they want it to be a good thing. So while paying to be entertained for two hours and then being told that perhaps you could of been more entertained by not paying anything somewhere else, could be a little bit frightening to the very capitalistic studio heads.
I don’t enjoy owning things. Except for things that I’ve created myself. I am not a socialist or anything as I am a businessman before anything else. I like creating things and presenting it to the world and then making a profit from it. So I’m not down on the capitalistic way at all. But I don’t enjoy buying things and having things in my life. And example #1 to why is a guy like ARTHUR. He can be happy for 10-20 minutes after he buys a new toy, but then that joy goes away and he has to buy another toy. People do this all the time in various capacities.
And usually when you own something, it adds to more conflict in your life. The day I watched ARTHUR, my car got broken into. They smashed the window and stole everything in the car. I wasn’t too upset by it other than the fact that I had to go somewhere and replace my window. It was a pain in the ass and I wondered why the heck do I own this car. I feel like the car actually owns me because I have to take care of it all the time. Some stupid hunk of metal. Oil changes, tire changes, battery changes, a fuel pump problem here, a radiator problem there. It’s just a big scam to keep taking care of this thing. I was oh so close today to just drive my car to a random street, keep the keys in the car with the door unlocked and just walk away.
And I should of done it. But for some reason we are obsessed with owning things. And that’s what ARTHUR should of been about.