Ben & Arthur (2002) Review

This alien theory would certainly seem to be correct, considering Arthur then gets a knock on his door from someone named Mildred, who happens to be the same woman he served soda-cup coffee to in the diner. Small world.

Mildred in Ben & Arthur

She tells Arthur that there was a break-in in the apartment’s garage, but before she can explain further Arthur just slams the door on her.

I guess Arthur—even with his psychotic brother involving himself in his life, his lawyer getting murdered, and Ben’s psychotic wife threatening their relationship within the last few days—doesn’t seem to think that break-in could have anything to do with him.

When he nonchalantly tells Ben about the break-in, Ben reacts with a bit more concern and runs out of the apartment and down to the garage.

Ben gets to a point where he just looks at a fence and yells, “Shit!”

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I don’t know what was supposed to be there, but it’s obviously something important. Unless he was upset by that irritatingly red tree.

He runs back up and tells Arthur that their bike is gone, something I never saw either of them ride at any point.

He asks if Arthur locked it up, but Arthur says he thought Ben locked it up.

“Dammit, Arthur!” Ben shouts.

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“Damn you for making me show an almost human level of human emotion.”

“I need to know that I can count on you,” Ben adds.

This is followed by a sitting and then standing empty stare as Arthur contemplates how a human would respond.

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He then just… goes to his bedroom and locks the door behind him. Guess you have your answer, Ben!

Ben knocks, but Arthur is inconsolable.

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I guess the thought of Ben’s mistrust is too much to bear. Poor guy.

After asking a few more times, Arthur relents and lets Ben in.

“I didn’t mean to hurt you,” Ben says.

“Well, ya did, Ben. Ya hurt me.”

He’s trying his best to hide it, obviously.

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Arthur thinks this is an appropriate time to bring up a time when Ben rejected his affection in public the same night Ben came out of the closet. And wouldn’t Ben have done that before dating him?

Anyway, Arthur lets all that hurt out, saying, “My heart, my stomach, I mean, my liver, everything, it just fell right out onto the floor.” Somehow I don’t think this is what happens when most humans feel emotionally hurt. Hmm.

Arthur then tells him that if someone kills him, then Ben can take out that insurance money and buy “100 bikes.” This warrants a very loud and convincing punch, complete with a “smack” sound effect that seals it as real.

Fade to black, again.

We see from Arthur’s blurry POV as he moans and wakes up, looking up at Ben, and has his wounds tended to by his forgiving lover.

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Quite the punch.

Ben promises to take him on that honeymoon he promised him.

Abrupt cut to Victor talking to Random Guest from earlier.

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Victor is unsure about what to do to cure his brother’s gayness.

Random suggests there’s one last thing Victor can try. What is that?

Why, holy water, of course. Yes, holy water.

Random Guest then shows him a “holy water recipe” that appears to consist of pouring two shakers of seasoning into a pot of boiling water.

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The guy then tells Victor to make his brother drink it.

Is this really a thing among the homophobic religious crowd? Or is this just complete Mraovich-invented bullshit?

And how does Victor intend to get his brother to drink this holy water cure? Invite him over for dinner again with the pretext of an apology, and slip it in his drink unsuspectingly?

Nope, because that would be stupid.

He tapes it to Arthur’s front door, instead.

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He doesn’t even leave a note or anything, just tapes the shit and leaves. Yeah, that’ll work, man.

Sure enough, Arthur finds it while leaving the apartment.

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“Hey, Ben,” he calls out.

“What’s up?”

“Look at this.”

Ben asks what it is, and while you may think Arthur would be like “I don’t have a fucking idea,” he instead knows exactly what it is. “It’s some stupid potion from my brother, it’s supposed to free demons out of your soul when you drink it.” He acts like his brother does this all the time, but we just saw his brother learn about this stuff for the first time from Random Guest a scene ago. Writing error, or is Arthur psychic? I’m going with the latter, since he may not be human.

The two have a good laugh about Arthur’s psychotic brother’s antics,

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and Arthur throws it out. So, clearly all of that was entirely pointless.

After the two leave for their honeymoon, Victor tries to call Arthur again to see if the potion worked, but can’t get ahold of him. He then calls Random to let him know the potion didn’t work.

“Can you believe it?” Victor asks.

I mean, that plan was so foolproof, right?

“We’re gonna have to resort to the final plan.”

Cue dramatic music as Victor visits a priest in the most convincing church set I’ve ever seen.

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The priest accidentally calls Arthur “Adam” (which Victor corrects), and yet he says that everyone in the congregation knows all about him and that he’s gay, and they’re worried his homosexuality will literally “rub off on the children and send their souls straight to hell.”

Yes.

He further explains that unless Arthur is “taken care of,” Victor will have to leave the church because even the brother of a gay man can’t be there. I’ve heard of some radical churches, but Jesus Christ, man.

So, the brother leaves, feeling dejected, which we really see when he gets to his apartment.

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