In “Arthur Newman,” the latest from writer Becky Johnston (“Seven Years In Tibet,” “Prince of Tides”), Colin Firth doesn’t just get rid of his accent; he discards his dwindling life and takes on a new, versatile one.
A washed-up golfer hated by his ex-wife, girlfriend, and son, Wallace Avery (Firth) has no reason to go on, so he decides to fake his death and start fresh. He takes up the name Arthur Newman and meets a mysterious, kleptomaniac woman by the name of Mike Fitzgerald (Emily Blunt). The bizarre comedy turns all the more unexpected as the two break into random homes and take up the identities of the absent owners.
Sans British accents, Firth and Blunt almost fool us with their odd, faked identities in the film’s first trailer. While “Arthur Newman” centers on a character plagued with hopelessness, the trailer takes the more uplifting approach as it charts two lost lives finding solace in one another.