Throughout, Brand's Arthur looks ready for photo shoots, with his clear complexion, tailored suits, and neatly tended tresses. Moore often looked like his face was going to slide off his head.
[Brand's] snotty, improvised quips are good for a few laughs, though three decades of skyrocketing income inequality have soured the comedy of Arthur's astronomically expensive self-indulgences.
It seems like an odd choice for a remake 30 years down the line, as Moore's portrayal is one of his best, and best-known, roles. But if you must, Brand is the man for the job.