Alfie (Widescreen Collector's Edition) (2004)
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ALFIE (WIDESCREEN SPECIAL COLLECTO MOVIE
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That's a good thing because this version with Jude Law seems to show the character himself is not dated and all that was needed was to update the women in his life. This is where the extras are a great help as they intersperse the stories of both the 1966 movie and this one to give you a great idea of how each is every so slightly different. I will say one thing: The women in this one are all babes (Marisa Tomei, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski, Sienna Miller and Susan Sarandon) unlike the 1966 one which seemed to focus on the homely rather than the dropdead gorgeous.
Maybe that was the point in 1966 but as far as a moviegoer I want my eye candy!
The movie was much more than I expected. It starts off with Law as the usual playboy type and evolves into something much deeper, very contemporary and gives you far more insight into relationships without devolving into some sort of lame wimpy chick flick.
It's also a very hip and cool looking movie from Alfie's Vespa to Sarandon's pad to Sienna Miller's tres hip 21st century NYC girl cool.
In the end it's Jude Law who pulls the whole thing off with just the right smile or offhand comment that hits the mark in the delivery.Read more ›
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Like a lot of latter day remakes, this is very much a prettified version of the original. All of Law's conquests have model good looks- as does Law himself, for that matter. He's also a good deal more refined, in accent and in manners, unlike Caine's rather crude Cockney. He moves about in beautiful surroundings. And that loses an essential element of the setting of the novel. Alfie did not live in a beautiful world, and his conquests were not necessarily beautiful women; in large part they were women whom someone else desired- and that was what compelled him to seduce them.
Caine's (and the novel's) Alfie exploited weak women; for whatever reason, the director, or perhaps the producers, decided this Alfie's conquests had to be modern, strong women who use him as much as he uses them. That of course makes Alfie a good deal less of a cad; Jude Law's Alfie is not leaving behind the wrecked lives that Caine's did, and he becomes almost sympathetic at one point- a sentiment completely absent in the book and the original movie.
In the end, this version misses the essential Alfie- his inability to recognize flaws in himself, even as he rationalizes his actions and convinces himself that he's doing the right thing. The result is a shallow character study completely lacking the depth and impact of the original.
Alfie's a smooth talking Londoner in New York who does his very best to avoid succumbing to the dreaded 'c' word commitment. Along the way, we're introduced to some of his ladies on the go - Dorie, Julie, Liz and Nikki, to name but a few.
Alfie, a chauffeur, lives in a small Manhattan apartment and dedicates his life to seducing women. Talking directly into the camera, and preening with a self-satisfaction so complete as to seem a form of innocence, he expounds on clothes, the proper application of cologne and the various rules he employs in his libidinous pursuits. His goal, it seems, is to have sex with as many women as possible but to get close to none of them.
Each one starts off as a fling, but somehow manages to influence Alfie's life. He slowly starts to realize that he is actually alone and that there is more to life than what he has done so far.
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Although remakes do not usually come through smelling of roses, this one does. It's fresh, colourful and funny. Jude Law is magnificent, introducing us to a slightly warmer side of Alfie than Michael Caine.
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.
The introduction to the movie starts of strong. Alfy narrates his storybook existence in New York, and quickly introduces us to his style, feelings, and women. We find Alfy to be someone who can not stick with one girl. He is dependent of all the women in his life and finds an emotional attachment with many of them.
Midway through the movie i realized that the plot had not progressed since the first 20 minutes of the movie. I had already got a taste of what Alfie's life was like, and it was time for the movie to take me on a ride of excitement, an emotional rollercoaster was expected. But the movie begins to get EXTREMELY repetitive. He meets a great girl, dumps her. Meets a great girl, dumps her. Trys to get a girl back, doesn't happen.
Another problem with this movie was that none of the secondary characters are developed in entirity. Alfie himself we get to know WAY to well, while his best friend, girlfriends, confidants, we develop no connection with. I end up not caring what happens to any of the characters as the movie drags into oblivion.
My recommendation is save this movie for when you are REALLY bored. I'd watch Swingers 10 more times before i watched this movie again.