Alfie Elkins is a philosophical womanizer who is forced to question his seemingly carefree existence. Ultimately, his freewheeling lifestyle begins to slowly unravel.
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Critic Reviews for Alfie
The original Alfie was as much overrated as the remake is underrated. Split the difference.
Charles Shyer (who processed the Parent Trap and Father of the Bride updates) plays coy with most matters sexual-an odd and puritanical approach to a character who molds his entire existence around the procurement and enjoyment of sex.
The question of 'Why?' (more than 'What's it all about?) still lingers where this remake is concerned.
His carefully tousled blond mop? His devilish blue eyes? His oily pickup lines and false promises coated in a cool British ahccent? Please.
Back in the mid-1960s, Alfie Elkins was one of the reasons a women's liberation movement was necessary. Today, he's just another bad date with a surplus of personal grooming products.
Even Michael Caine's career would have gone nowhere if he had made this version of "Alfie."
Law, though lacking the more rugged masculinity and raw sensuality of Caine's alluring Alfie, gets by here on sheer sexual enthusiasm and that unmistakable ready-for-duty party animal mentality.
...Alfie - when you get right down to it - isn't a terribly likable character, something that certainly makes it difficult to actually care about his fate.
...what we have here is a good old-fashioned exploitation flick disguised as high art.
[Law's] timeless good looks and effortless charisma make him the kind of leading man that Hollywood would produce from genetic experiments if they could.
It's tough to warm to a guy who doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself, particularly when you're supposed to be his closest confidante.
It's like a fine cover of a classic song - familiar yet refreshingly different.
While it's hard to replicate the pathos of the original, the very handsome Jude Law makes the remake eminently watchable.
... Law - while less riveting than Caine - does a fine job is this grown-up romp about modern sexuality
What at first seems a glossy ad for the swinging single life gradually reveals itself as an stinging indictment of the emotional impotent.
Easy to look at, but it has no depth, and before long its smart, bright images become unendurable, like a commercial for 1-800-FLOWERS stretched to feature length.
The movie's mossy tip-off might be the soundtrack by those rock 'n' roll geezers, the Rolling Stones.
After wounding and dumping lots of ladies, Alfie finally faces the minor-key music, but he doesn't inspire empathy.
Audience Reviews for Alfie
Having seen both the original Alfie from 1966 and the remake from 2004, I think I have a pretty clear view of things instead of wondering what's it all about? First of all, Jude Law is terrific in the movie and gives a fantastic performance, despite the detractors. Second, I found the film incredibly personal and very moving at times, just like I did with the original. Third, the film's style was very engaging and kept things interesting visually, as well as moved the story along at a brisk pace. The problem that I have with it, and the same goes for the original, is that Alfie really is the star of the show and the supporting actors really don't have that much to do. The only person who really gets to shine is Sienna Miller, and even then it's very brief. Don't get me wrong though. This isn't something I'd watch over and over again. It's not an enjoyable sort of movie as much as it is a bit of a character study, one who's character you don't like all that much for the duration of the film (I kind of like that). I also think the comedy bits could be improved as there doesn't seem to be much there to play with. It's more of a character drama than anything, but it also tries to be a light-hearted comedy at times, and the two seem to clash at times aesthetically. I still enjoyed the movie and was magnetized by Jude Law's performance. I can't compare it to the original, because the remake is so much more modernized and stylistic in comparison, but for what it is it's worth a look or two.More
It's could be charming, but after see the original Alfie (1966), this remake is a complete trash and silly.More
Cast: Jude Law, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon, Graydon Carter, Renée Taylor
Director: Charles Shyer
Summary: Jude Law reprises a role made famous by Michael Caine (who got an Oscar nod for his portrayal in the 1966 film of the same name) in Charles Shyer's stylish remake, which takes a decidedly different tone than the original. Self-aware British cad Alfie (Law) falls in lust too easily and can't commit to one woman in all of Manhattan. But when one of his lovers gets pregnant, Alfie begins to question his existence.
My Thoughts: "I thought it was going to be your normal player film with a conceited gentleman looking for one booty call after another. But surprisingly it had more depth then that. The story was interesting, watching this 'player' being taught a very good lesson. I liked Jude Law in this role. Great cameo's from talented actresses in this as well. As a woman you want to dislike him, but even as a veiwer, his charm wins you over. In the end you feel a bit sorry for the guy. It's a well acted film, give it a look if you haven't."
More of a light hearted drama than comedy most of the time. I've not seen the original version but assume this is sexed up a little. Quite a strange format, almost monologue the whole way through Alfie talking to the viewer, something different. It has a great cast and Sienna Miller looks beautiful! A well made film funny in places, worth a watch.More
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