Yesterday, I was invited to attend the preview screening of Arthur Newman at Shaw Centre.
Wallace Avery is tired of his life. Divorced, disconnected from his son, dissatisfied with his love life, he decides the time has come for a radical solution. He literally walks away from his life, buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman, and sets out toward his own private Oz – Terre Haute, Indiana – where he believes he has a chance to work as a golf pro. Wallace’s idea of a second chance is to become a second person. His road trip is derailed by the entrance of Michaela Fitzgerald, whom Arthur discovers passed out poolside at a motel. It takes her all of a couple hours to bust Arthur’s identity scam. It takes Arthur a lot longer to bust hers. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt co-star in this gently comic love story set in a perfect storm of identity crisis. ARTHUR NEWMAN, from a screenplay written by Becky Johnston, looks at how two people, desperate to remake themselves, fall in love and find a way to accept responsibility for who they really are.
(movie synopsis extracted from the web)
I have to admit that I find the movie boring. There were some scenes that were supposed to be funny but they failed to bring out the humor in those (awkward) jokes. There were some interesting scenes but overall, the movie has failed to capture my interest. Starring Academy Award® Winner Colin Firth and Golden Globe® Winner Emily Blunt, it felt like they were being miscasted. It almost seemed as if the 2 actors had nothing better to do but to take on the roles for Arthur Newman. Nevertheless, I have to give them credit for being able to act intimately on so many levels given their 20+ years of age difference.
It was quite a feat for me to stay seated with my eyes glued to the screen throughout the movie. Thankfully, there were a some funny and silly scenes that brightened up the whole movie.
Arthur Newman is rated M18 so expect some kinkiness and wildness from the 2 main leads (which may be rather awkward for your eyes if you are not open to the idea of an older man making out with a younger lady...)
You can create a new identity for yourself but can you really erase everything from your past and start anew?
My rating: 2/5
Check out the trailer here!
Arthur Newman will hit the theatres on 11 July!