Davis: Brand could have another hit on his hands

Russell Brand seems to be on a roll. Last summer, he had a minor hit with a starring role in Get Him to the Greek and a major hit with a minor role as the voice of Doctor Nefario in Despicable Me (plus he married Katy Perry).

Russell Brand seems to be on a roll. Last summer, he had a minor hit with a starring role in Get Him to the Greek and a major hit with a minor role as the voice of Doctor Nefario in Despicable Me (plus he married Katy Perry).

Last weekend, as the voice of the Easter Bunny in Hop, he had the number one movie and this weekend, he stars in the remake of Arthur.

Arthur became a surprise and award-winning hit 30 years ago, starring Dudley Moore, John Gielgud and Liza Minnelli. It was the story of a drunken and spoiled playboy who must marry the woman his family chooses to inherit his father’s fortune.

He reluctantly agrees, but instead meets and falls madly in love with a working-class waitress.

It won a Golden Globe Award for Moore and Academy Awards for Gielgud and its iconic theme song Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).

Brand seems to be perfect for the role of Arthur, but the casting of Oscar-winner Helen Mirren in the Gielgud role (in this case, she’s Arthur’s nanny) is even better.

Add to the cast Greta Gerwig as the working-class love interest, Jennifer Garner as his prospective fiancée and Nick Nolte as her father, and the remake could be as much of a hit as the original.

Rated PG with a warning of coarse language and violence.

However, Arthur has some comedy competition this weekend with another movie about a deadbeat heir. The difference is that Your Highness is also a stoner-fantasy set in medieval times (it is, after all, from the director of The Pineapple Express).

Danny McBride stars as a lazy, arrogant prince whose father will cut him off unless he joins the quest to save his brother’s (James Franco) fiancée, who has been captured by an evil wizard (Justin Theroux). They are joined by a warrior princess (Natalie Portman) and together must vanquish horrific creatures and traitorous knights to save the damsel in distress (Zooey Deschanel).

Rated 14A with warnings of violence, sexual content and nudity.

In what looks to be the most interesting action-thrillers in a while, Hanna is about a 16-year-old girl with the strength, stamina and the smarts of a soldier.

Raised in the wilds of Finland by her widowed father (Eric Bana), an ex-CIA man, he has taught her hunting, self-defence and home-schooled her to make her the perfect assassin. When Hanna is sent on a mission by her father, she must not only avoid agents dispatched by a ruthless intelligence operative (Cate Blanchett), buy must face startling revelations about her existence and humanity.

Hanna is played by Saoirse (pronounced SEER-shuh) Ronan, who is best known as the young murder victim in The Lovely Bones.

Rated PG for violence and coarse language.

Soul Surfer is the inspiring story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 but returned to competitive surfing. AnnaSophia Robb stars as Hamilton, with Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt as her parents.

Rated General with no warning.

Rick Davis manages the Capitol Theatre.

 

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