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This remake of Lewis Gilbert's 1966 film of the same name features Jude Law filling the shoes Michael Caine once wore in the title role of Alfie. As with the original, Law occasionally speaks directly to the camera while his character talks of the opposite sex. Under the direction of Charles Shyer, Alfie follows a charming, if morally lacking, womanizer from one bed to the next. While his actions arise more from nonchalance than malice, Alfie nonetheless faces a moral dilemma when considering
Nov 5, 2004 Wide
Mar 15, 2005
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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.
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