October 15, 2013
"Arthur Newman" is the new name taken by depressed guy Wallace
Avery, who was divorced, estranged from his son and trapped in a
dead-end job. He faked his own death and created for himself this
fictitious persona, hoping to recapture his spark for life as a golf
pro somewhere in middle America.
Along his way, he meets another depressed soul in the person of a
quirky young woman named Mike. They hook up, and drive aimlessly
around. They stalk couples who go on vacation, break in and live in
their abandoned houses. Until one day comes, and they realize the
uselessness of what they were doing.
It is sad for me to write that a movie starring very talented and
likable stars like Colin Firth and Emily Blunt had actually been a
dreadful bore. The characters these two play have absolutely nothing
good nor charming in them for the audience to root for, or even simply
to like. There is nothing to care about them.
Overall, this movie is an insipid waste of time. This film will be
forgotten immediately after you have seen it. The combination of Firth
and Blunt may have sounded exciting on paper. However, no amount of
talent or charisma of these two stars can save the bleakness and
wretchedness of the script. 2/10