Russell Brand fails to charm as the infamous playboy...

Arthur review

You’d think the shiftless, boozing wastrel Dudley Moore played so memorably back in 1981 would fit Russell Brand as snugly as a pair of leather trousers.

So charmless, alas, is his debauched millionaire playboy that you’d happily see him run over by his personal Batmobile or crushed beneath his electromagnetic hover-bed.

Helen Mirren gives good Gielgud as his sharp-tongued nanny while Greta Gerwig gamely attempts to give Jason Winer’s bland comedy a sliver of mumblecore cool.

Yet they’re merely papering over the cracks in a film wholly reliant on a likeable lead – something man-child Brand proves woefully incapable of supplying this time round.

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