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Arthur and the Invisibles

ages 14+ | 27 % Say It's Worth Your Time

Ten-year-old Arthur must find a way to keep the home of his beloved grandmother from being destroyed by a developer with other plans. Remembering his grandfather's story of a treasure, he enters the world of tiny beings who live in perfect harmony with nature. Together with Princess Selenia and her young brother, Betameche, Arthur goes in search of the treasure and -- along the way -- discovers that his long-absent grandfather may not be missing after all.


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Director: Luc Besson

Producer: Luc Besson

Cast: David Bowie, Madonna , Snoop Dogg, Mia Farrow, Jerry Di Giacomo, Penny Balfour, Freddie Highmore

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  • ages 13+ | Not Worth Your Time

    This "Arthur," was not as good as the 1980's version; a remake should at least be as good as previous iterations. Sadly, there just is nothing funny about a serious addiction, especially in the wake of Charlie Sheen. Had the screenwriters and directors portrayed the addiction itself and the recovery process with more dramatic earnestness, the comedic juxtapositions would have comparitively sparkled instead of falling flat as they so often did. While Hellen Mirren and Jennifer Garner were the highlights of the film, Russell Brand, who played the titular character, seemed to drag the whole thing down through his insincere portrayal and vulgar demeanor. One can't help but imagine how different this film could have been had they managed to cast the likes of Robert Down, Jr.--someone who understands the heartache of addition yet still has impeccable comedic timing.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    "Arthur and the Invisibles" has almost everything you could want from a family movie, including a first-rate voice cast and imaginative designs. The one critical thing it lacks, however, is the most important component — magic and a sense of wonder. This fantasy blend of live-action and digital animation is just never quite as wondrous as it really should be. (It should be noted that this review is based on an earlier version of the film that was screened for critics. A few changes and edits have been made since then.) The U.S. release of this French film also suffers from "stunt casting." The recognizable voice performers include musician-actors Madonna, Snoop Dogg and David Bowie, comedians Anthony Anderson and Jimmy Fallon, and movie tough-guys Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri and Harvey Keitel, all of whom prove to be distractions. Freddie Highmore ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") stars as Arthur, a young boy who's trying to save his grandparents' farm from being sold off to creditors. His only hope for doing so may rest with the Minimoys, tiny, fairylike creatures who could help find a treasure his long-missing grandfather (Ron Crawford) stashed somewhere in the back yard. The resourceful and clever Arthur does find a way to transport himself into the Minimoys' diminutive kingdom, but he becomes involved in a civil war started by the evil Maltazard (Bowie). This is a pretty odd choice of material for French filmmaker Luc Besson, whose usual milieu is violent action (among his credits are 1994's "The Professional" and 1990's "La Femme Nikita"). Perhaps that explains the presence of some questionable material. For one thing, there's a "romance" of sorts that seems creepy, considering the characters involved are voiced by the 14-year-old Highmore and the much-older Madonna. "Arthur and the Invisibles" is rated PG for scenes of animated violence (creature combat) and peril, some slapstick and crude humor (flatulence). Running time: 94 minutes. E-MAIL: jeff@desnews.com

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Okfor ages12+