The fall of 2004 is the year of Jude Law, and this is only movie three. After "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," and "I Heart Huckabees," we are able to see a darker side of his acting with "Alfie," which is actually miss billed. If you watch the trailers and television ads for "Alfie," you would think that it is a light romantic comedy, but it is anything but. Alfie has a very dark side to him, and this movie leans towards a darker side about thirty minutes in, and that's when Alfie becomes such a complicated character to play. It seems that Alfie has the perfect life, until one moment when he is only followed by bad luck, and his entire life begins to unravel. "Alfie" is a remake of movie that I never saw, a movie with Michael Caine, and I'm sure that the original is much better, but this movie is really worth checking out. I was never bored by this movie, and Jude Law did give another great preformance. About 80% of the movie is actually told from the point of view of Alfie, as he speaks to us from the camera. He is always telling us what he does, what kind of life he leads, and how he feels about certain things, and at sometimes it's almost as if he is convincing us, and himself, that what is doing is ok.
At the beginning of "Alfie," we meet Alfie and it seems that he leads the perfect life. He is the kind of guy who is never with a women for a very long time, and after he uses them for what he wants, he never calls, or makes up some kind of story to never see them again. He is trying to tell guys that he could get whatever he wants, and he tries to tell the girls that he is preforming a service for them, because he helps them get back on track if they are unhappy, or something like that. He is a limo driver, who drives his customers to their location, and then he has sex with them in the backseat. His personal life is being with as many women as possible, but his work life is him and his friend Marlon wanting to buy the limo business from Mr. Wing. While he does have many women, he has a half-girlfriend in the from of Julie, but she is a single mother, and to Alfie that comes with "baggage." The trouble begins after he has a one night stand with Marlon's girlfriend, who broke up with him the night before. He can't get it out of his head, especially after she gets pregnant. He then goes to the doctor, and he finds something startling, that leads Alfie to want to change his life. Of course, he doesn't, and begins to "date" Nikki, who is a depressed drug addict, and the older woman Liz, who also gives him something to think about. As Alfie begins to realize that he is hurting people, even though he doesn't mean to, and he starts to question life, and what it is all about.
I don't think that I gave to much of the plot away, but to only describe the basic plot wouldn't be appealing. The commericals don't show any of the darker side to Alfie's life, and that was what made the character so interesting. You always wanted to know what would happen next. The final monologue at the end is brilliant, and I wanted more. Alfie is always trying to convince people that he is a good guy, until finally he realizes that what he is doing is not right, and he is always hurting these people. He reminded me of Jack Nicolson is last year's "Something's Gotta Give," but he finally gave these women closure. Alfie just meets you, sleeps with you, and then leaves you. I don't think I'm ruining anything by telling you what he realizes, because I'm not telling you HOW he realizes everything, which made "Alfie" a modern day Greek tradegy. It's a shame this didn't make that much in theatres, but it's still out, so you should check it out.
Rated R for sexual content, some language and drug use.