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Running time - 103 mins
Classification - 15
IMDB Rating - 6.1/10
My Rating - 4/10
The film starts with Alfie talking into the camera telling you a little bit about his life. He then runs into his neighbour, to which he shows us just what a smooth talker he is and that he can get people to do things just by using his charm.
Alfie is a chauffeur that seems to drive rich people about, his first job is driving apparently a woman to the cinema according to her husband, but they do not go to the cinema, they pull up in the car and have sex, something her husband has not done for 6 months. I think Alfie saw it more as a favour. He then goes to spend some time with his own girlfriend Julie, who seems to be unaware of what he is really like.
He then introduces you to his best friend Marlon who seems to be having trouble with his girlfriend Lonette. Alfie tries to talk to Lonette and get them back together, they end up getting drunk, and sleeping with each other, he cant get her out of his head the next morning. Then Marlon informs him she went round that night after they had sex, and wanted him back. I think by the look on his face he looked a little deflated.
After Lonette he starts to have problems with love making with any other woman and he can not seem to get an erection. He goes to the doctors who manages to get him an erection, but also finds him a lump, so has some tests. And has to wait for the results. That do come back clear.
Lonette tells Alfie that she is pregnant but wants to go it alone and hopes that it turns out to be Marlons baby. His best friend moves away and he is left all alone, with only his one night stands. This makes him take a look at his life. Then he met Nikki and his life was changed but in what way, watch to find out.
Jude Law plays Alfie he plays the part of Alfie really well, he has the charms that need to go with his character. I liked the way he was able to charm just anyone, he played his role well and to the best of his ability.
Marisa Tomei plays Julie Alfies supposedly girlfriend she does only play a small part at the beginning of the film, she does her little role well, but she had no big impact on the film.
Omar Epps plays Marlon he's in the film for a short while as Alfies best mate, I found he played his small role quite well and his acting was as always great.
Nia Long plays Lonette she yet again only had a small part in the film, but she also was a great little addiction to the acting.
Sienna Miller plays Nikki, she again only has a small part in the last bit of the film, but again plays her small part well.
this just was not a film for me, I mean when this was released it was such a talked about film,and even then I never watched it, but I decided to give it a try. Now I wish I hadn't. The film to me was just a bout a man getting his end away with anything with a pulse. There was no real story line in the film. I found it was not a film that kept me wanting to watch to see what would happen next, you already would know that.
This is not a film I would recommend. I found it quite boring. The acting in the film was brilliant, but it was let down by a silly and rubbish storyline. I would give this a miss and find something better to watch.
RELEASED: 2004, Cert. 15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 103 mins
DIRECTOR: Charles Shyer
PRODUCERS/SCREENPLAY: Elaine Pope & Charles Shyer
MUSIC: Mick Jagger, John Powell & David A Stewart
Jude Law as Alfie
Jane Krakowski as Dorie
Mansa Tomei as Julie
Max Morris as Max
Renee Taylor as Lu
Omar Epps as Marlon
Nia Long as Lonette
Gedde Watanabe as Wing
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Alfie (2004) is a remake of the original 1966 classic, based on that original and Bill Naughton's novel/play.
Set in New York, Alfie is a carefree individual whose main focus in life is having sex with as many women as possible. Commitment-phobic and having a very on the surface attitude to himself and everyone else, Alfie goes through some experiences which force him to, albeit temporarily, pull his horns in and reflect upon things more seriously.
Being somebody who has a grim view of remakes of classic films, yet hovering on the line due to some people having told me that the 2004 version of Alfie is very watchable, I decided to bite the bullet and see it for myself.
There are some huge differences between Alfie 2004 and Alfie 1966, in that the remake is set in New York, whereas the original is set in 1960s 'swinging London'. Immediately, this injected a degree of suspicion in me as to what the overall quality of the film would be.
As the storyline unfolds, I noted that things happen (largely Alfie's sexual conquests) in a different order to the original, and the lifestyle of the characters has been brought up to date. I did find that the personalities of the characters in Alfie 2004 style are far, far shallower than in Alfie 1966, with far less depth being given to the females.
Like the original, much of the dialogue is spoken by Jude Law as Alfie, revealing his thoughts about what is happening on a day to day basis, in commentary style. That was a nice little touch which is in true form to the original, and Jude Law's speaking voice did this some justice. I did get the impression at times that Jude Law was trying to emulate the original Alfie's (Michael Caine) style, and he did hit the spot accurately here and there. However, the bringing of the events in the film into the 21st century, I feel marred the overall feel of listening to Alfie's thoughts and feelings being spoken out loud.
The female characters in Alfie 2004 are very different to the 1966 version, and I feel lacked a depth that they have in the original. This distracts somewhat from the whole point of the storyline, along with one particular outcome of Alfie's relationship with one of them being brushed over, rather than being portrayed as a major turning point in the 'cheeky chappie's' life and the way he sees the world.
Bringing Alfie up to date loses a lot of its original point and sparkle, as the 1966 version homed in strongly on London life in the mid-1960s, making important points about how people functioned in those days.
I found the first half of the film quite tedious, bitty, with a connection between the characters which was far too loose and lacking in meaning. I also found the chronological changing around of the storyline's events to be distracting, but I must say that Jude Law does give a very reasonable performance as the pleasant Jack The Lad character of Alfie. The acting from the other main cast members I found to be glossy, but shallow and insubstantial. The overall production is very sleek though, and from a visual point of view, very well constructed.
However, from about mid-point onwards in this remake, my interest was stimulated as the storyline moved into areas which captured my attention in a more positive way, despite it still being rather bitty in content. I could detect one or two similarities of atmosphere, in that Alfie would (in this 2004 version) spend time alone with his thoughts staring over the Hudson River, whereas similar happens in the 1966 original, except on the banks of the Thames.
One thing which I found truly superb about Alfie (2004) was the music, which is stupendously stunning, with Mick Jagger largely being responsible for and performing the score. This music is gripping, edgy and very soulful....so good, that I'd recommend watching the film for that alone. I am unsure if a CD is available of the music to Alfie 2004, but if there isn't, there should be! If it hadn't have been for this stunning music, I probably wouldn't have continued watching, yet I'm glad I did, because of the second half of the film being far superior to the first.
Overall, and bearing in mind how much I loathe remakes, this is a fairly valiant attempt to bring an old classic film up to date. It does miss the spot quite seriously in parts, but hits the nail on the head in other parts. I can understand how events in the story had to be updated, as to keep them to the original 1966 version wouldn't have quite worked, but I'd like to have seen things happen in the same order as the original and for the female characters to display a bit more depth.
Alfie (2004) is a film that many people would no doubt enjoy if they haven't seen the 1966 original, and I feel I'd have linked into it a lot better myself under those circumstances. For those who've seen and love the 1966 original, it may come across as shallow and pointless, but I'd still say it is worth watching, even if just for the music alone. I doubt if I'll watch it again, although I will periodically continue to treat myself to occasional repeat performances of the, in my opinion, far superior original,.
In summary, my feelings about Alfie 2004 are mixed. For a remake, it is satisfactory and does have a certain level of merit that other remakes lack, and Jude Law does an admirable job, but aside from the wonderful music, it really doesn't come up to the standard of the classic 1966 original. If you've not seen the original, I'd say "go for it", but if you have, maybe Alfie 2004 is only worth tuning into for the music, as you may find it otherwise disappointing.
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Alfie (Jude Law) is a too cool by half British limousine driver in New York. Although he has a sweet girlfriend in single mother Julie (Marisa Tomei), he is drawn to the danger of testing his charm on every woman he meets, be it clients, passers by or just about any woman with a pulse, unfortunately this proves to be his downfall after a drunken night with his best friends girl makes him reconsider everything about his personality and the life he's carved out for himself.
Released in 2004 this is a pointless remake of the 1966 Michael Caine comedy, while the original played on the swinging sixties and the bright and breezy characters who lived their as well as the lovable cockney charm of Caine, this remake feels coldly manufactured, the music is excellent but forced, Law is playful and charming but in the manner of a snake eyeing up its prey or some humanoid gigolo (Oh sorry that AI, but the likeness is uncanny!).
The film is a comedy of sorts and a social commentary also, while the original played up his boisterous laddishness and it suited the era, this time the women are more knowing and Alfie isn't a lad, he wants to be but he's a pretty metrosexual boy who wants to be loved and will throw his toys out of the pram if any woman rejects his advances.
He meets a variety of woman, from the big hearted Julie (Tomei), who is sweet but sure of herself, to Dorie (Jane Krakowski) a lonely, keen to please married woman; Liz (Susan Sarandon), a successful woman who knows exactly what she wants and how to get it and Nikki (Sienna Miller), a stunning model who wants no commitments just fun, fun fun. Finally there is the beautiful Lonette (Nia Long), the girlfriend of his best friend Marlon (Omar Epps) who is his eventual downfall.
The cast is excellent, all of these women are top class actresses and it is hard to fully understand what drew them to this, although I think it is the fact that all are better than Alfie in their own ways, either accepting of his flaws but prepared to act equally raucously, or able to assess that he isn't what they want. Sarandon in particular brings a sassy charm to her role, while Tomei is excellent, she is honest, charming and too good for the rotter of a main character.
There is a parable to the tale and I think that is why they remade this film, to show that you can be a player but you can't beat the game, Law seems to enjoy his role and gamely leers his way through scenes until the reality of his seedy desire to be needed hits him and the perma-grin is more of a grimace, at these points, you do feel there is some real acting going on rather than the earlier scenes of his lad about town persona.
Overall I felt this whole film felt a bit preened and too keen on itself, much like the main character, it looks good, has a good cast but doesn't add anything to the original apart from a cracking soundtrack, the voice to camera tricks don't work so well here, the moral of the story feels a bit giddy and righteous and Law just doesn't quite fit the part, as a money maker at the height of his fame as a sex symbol I understand the casting but this is an unnecessary film which doesn't justify being remade.
We have had a copy of this for a while, I've attempted to sell it on Ebay many times but as it is available for 1p nowadays, I think we'll keep it.
(This review is for the original film starring Micheal Caine and not the re make which is shown in the picture but the powers that be will not put the original film in their catalogue as this one exists and they both have the same name, I am still trying to get the original added)
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Alfie is a Londoner and his views on life seem to differ from everyone else, he is not prepared to stick to one woman and settle down. He does have a lady who cooks and cleans for him when he goes around but she knows she will only be his second best. Alfie loves women and believes he has a great life sleeping him way around and meeting high profile women. He gets a good lot of money and confidence from doing this but is he really happy.
Alfie is soon in for a shock when his long suffering woman tells him she is pregnant and Alfie at first tries to get her to get rid of it. After several months Alfie meets his son but is this enough to make him settle down or is he not ready to give up on his womanising ways?
I was really looking forward to seeing this film as I had wanted to for quite a long time but I have to say I was very disappointed by the film. The acting was not disappointing but for me the storyline was. I found there was no real story to the film and certainly no real ending and I had expected a lot more from this well known film. I did enjoy some aspects of the film but not enough to say I fully enjoyed watching it.
Michael Cain played the role of Alfie and he was super in the character. He made the role a believable one and I was able to instantly warm and get to know the character. I did not agree with all of his views and certainly not his way of life but there were times in the film when I believed he had changed or was prepared to stop living as he did because he did seem to show genuine emotions but this was not to be and he soon hardened up. I did enjoy how he would look directly at the camera and talk to us, for me this made me feel more part of the film.
There was a lot of other good acting in the film and some of these actors included, Shelly Winters, Jane Asher and Alfie Bass, they each bought something different to the story and did give the story a little bit of much needed depth.
The film was made back in 1966 with this being the year it was set in and this so apparent from the clothes the characters wore and the scenes we got of around London. I did enjoy seeing the old way of life and how basic everything way back in the 60's and how we have moved on since. The scenes in the hospital and doctors surgery were an eye opener for me as there was the lack of equipment and computers and all the notes had to be hand written and it was quite funny to see this being done. The music was a good factor of this film and was quite enjoyable and fitted well into the film.
As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of. The running time of this film is 114 minutes and I did find this was too long, I think this same story could have been told in about 90 minutes without loosing too much and I think I would not have started to get bored and loose interest if it had been shortened. The certificate is a 15 and I do agree with this. The film can be bought on DVD for just a few pounds now from both Amazon and EBay.
Overall I will recommend this film only because hubby said he loved it where as I did not enjoy it very much. I found there was no real point to the story and did not like the ending, I did however enjoy the acting from Michael Caine. I would say to watch when on TV but certainly not one to spend money on.
Recently came across a few alfie reviews on dooyoo and I felt watching it since I needed a break from serious films. Starring british dude Jude Law and a host of other hot female actresses, Alfie is directed by Charles Shyer and is a remake of a 60s film of the same name.
Alfie is about a womanizer who gradually starts to understand life better, and become more mature in the process. He doesn't believe in commitments and stays involved with several females at one point, thinking life is a merry-go-round being single. The film is a journey, a sequence of events that change the way he looks at life.
Hollywood has certainly had its share of films in this genre; a not so serious guy waking up to reality and realizing things about life. Alfie is no different at a certain level, but it has its heart at the right place. The screenplay isn't too surreal and stays practical. The way the female characters are chalked out works well for the film; the lesson he learns from every character is well portrayed on screen. The film looks to get meaningful in the second half but never sacrifices its lightness, which is commendable. I won't divulge much about the story but there are some well written portions which take the film above any average rom-com.
The film's soul lies in Jude Law. The actor is superb in one word! His charm, his boyish appeal holds the film together from the very beginning. I haven't seen too many of his films but this has to be my favorite Jude Law performance. The female actresses impress in small roles.
Alfie isn't anything groundbreaking, but it is a simple, fun film that you won't mind watching over the weekend!
I did not go to see this updated version of the film Alfie when it first came out at the cinema so I took the opportunity to watch it the other night when it was on TV.
The film stars nanny shagging love rat Jude Law in the rather appropriate lead role as a womanising Londoner who is living the party lifestyle in New York by bedding a whole host of women and trading on his English accent and boyish charms. He works as a limo driver which brings him into contact with lots of women and helps him claim a string of conquests even though he also has a steady girlfriend on the go.
Some of the women in his life are played by Marisa Tomei and Susan Sarandon and it is fainally their reactions and the realisation that his life is rather empty that begins to have an impact on Alfie.
To be honest this was not the greatest film I have ever seen, Lude is suitably charming and rackish in the lead role and I liked the way that he narrated the film by talking straight to camera mid scene as this allowed you to get an idea of what he was thinking and he has some very good lines to deliver.
For me the whole thing was a little too superficial and as such I never really got very involved in the film and cared little about what happened to any of the characters.
I'm certainly glad that I did not part with any money to see this film, it is ok as something to watch on the TV though however I would not recommend going out of your way to see it.
I tend to have a bit of a liking for Jude law and find him very watchable in all his films which is why I recently got myself a copy of Alfie from my favourite swapping site. I am sure that at some point I had seen the original starring Michael Caine but I could not remember that much about it which meant that I was really watching this like I would any new film and did not feel the need to compare.
Unsurprisingly the film is about a bloke called Alfie who is a Londoner living in New York. He is the sort of bloke that does not want responsibility or commitment - he just wants to have a good time. So long as he has enough money to get by (which he gets through his job as a limousine chauffeur) and a beautiful girl on his arm (and there are many) he is quite happy. He thinks that he has it all but as the film progresses, he suddenly find himself in danger of having nothing as his long suffering girlfriend decides she has had enough and he lets down his best friend in the worst possible way. Is it too late for Alfie to change though and does he really want to? Well you'll have to watch the rest of the film to find out!
This was a very enjoyable and entertaining film that lasted just about 100 minutes. Jude Law made an excellent Alfie with a cheeky look and the charisma that meant that he seemed t get away with almost anything. There was a passing resemblance to Michael Caine too although it's hard to tell whether this was intentional or not. One of the main features of this film is the way that Alfie talks to the camera throughout explaining his thoughts on some of the predicaments that he found himself in. This worked very well and I thought that this direct addressing of the audience provided some of Alfie's best lines. A couple of examples of these are:
'The problem is, she doesn't have enough of the superficial things that really matter'
'I find that, lately, even lying to myself comes easily'
Yes as you can tell, Alfie really is quite a shallow character but there is just something about him that you can't help liking! This is also the problem for virtually all of the women who come into his life and hope to stay there. Ultimately, Alfie is going to let them down because that's the sort of bloke he is.
There was a great supporting cast who played these long suffering characters including Susan Sarandon and Sienna Miller.
This remake was made in 2004 and the only thing that I would say is that in bringing it up to the present day, I am not sure that a character such as Alfie would be allowed to get away with everything that he does in today's world. The original film was made in the sixties where Alfie's particular breed of chauvinism would have been much more prevalent. It does work though although maybe it's not quite as funny as it might have been.
There is also some very enjoyable background music including, at times, the iconic 'What's it all about?' which also is one of Alfie's more thought provoking lines!
Overall, Alfie is a very easy to watch film with a very interesting (and sexy) main character. It does have a 15 rating because it contains strong language, moderate nudity and sex references. It is currently available on Amazon for only £3.31.
This is a film only review mainly due to the fact that there are no extras on my DVD.
This has always been one of my favourite movies and not just because it stars Jude Law...
It follows the story of Alfie, a young bachelour who drives a limo and believes he can also afford the high life like the clients he drives around.
He ends up getting with the character played by Sienna Miller but they have a rocky relationship and she plays a slightly not all there girl making Alfie have too much responsibily so he ends up having an affair with his best friends girlfriend.
There are a few very moving scenes in it not spoiling any more of the story but it also has aspects of commedy.
I have never seen the original so I cannot comment on how it compares.
I would say the acting is very good and Jude sucessfull portreys the character as the cheeky womanising immature man he is supposed to be in the film.
Deffinatly worth a watch now.
Now, I don't really gotta stress this bit out - I generally dislike all these pretty, not-so-manly, gorgeous actors, but Jude Law has one great smile, that I don't think many people can resist. And he's such a good actor too, making this 'fluff' of a film seem more than just a 'fluff'.
I regret, I have not seen the previous 'Alfie' starring Michael Caine, but with it or not, this new 'Alfie' stuck as a very interesting film. Generally I think, when women is concerned, especially if the film explores the cons & pros of women's taste and ways, I don't think many men out there can say 'no' to watching it.
The narration was effective, and Jude Law has the perfect voice for it. The plot is exciting, though cliche and predictable at times, which I suppose is the bad points about the film. Marisa Tomei is a stunning women, so was that blonde girl, the 'showstopper' who is the actress Sienna Miller, so that spiced up some scenes.
I did not really like the ending, I suppose the director aimed for suspense, and leaving it to our own thoughts, but I would have somehow, liked Alfie to find a some form of happiness with one of the girls that appeared in the film. Thinking back, I guess the whole point was that 'he had no one'.
Not all men has that view and attitude of Alfie, and I dare say not many has the looks or the charm either. But I must say, more men than we think, have that trustful, honest character that enables long, loving and fruitful relationships. Watching Alfie, however, may provide some good points and lessons for our current society.
Having never seen the origional Alfie, featuring Michael Cane, i had no expectations for the movie to have to live up to, no any idea what to expect.
There arent many films like this, it struck me as being quite unusual after viewing it for the first time, Jude Law (although i do not like him as a person) does a very good job of creating this complex character and through monologues talking to the camera, manages to show the audience that there is actually more to the character than meets the eye, and almost makes us sympathise for him despite being the worst kind of man ... a womaniser.
Throughout the film he works his way through more than his fair share of women, some married, single mums, some easy, some not so much so.. He claimes throughout the film to want to change, but never does, he always goes back to the way he's always acted and treated people.
One critisism i do have is that it seemed to end with no real ending .. dont get me wrong its nice to see an unexpected ending, but i felt like it was unfinished and ended abrubtly.
Being a Jude Law fan i had to give this one a try.
It is a humorous talewhich is a remake of the Michael Caine classic of Alfie from 1966 he is a womaniser who is left to question his life.
Its set in New York City and Alfie is a limo driver, where he chats up many women of New York. Eventually he has to look at the damage he has caused and has to take a look at his life as he realises that a lot is missing.
The women Alfie meet are Marisa Tomei as a single mom, Sienna Miller as a party girl and Susan Sarandon as a rich older woman whom Alfie seduces each and every one.
This film is slightly dirrefent as Alfi speaks directly to the camera, which makes the film slightly as Alfie not only has to try to seduce many women he also has to try to make a connection with the audience which i think Jude Law does very well.
This is not one of the greatest film but i enjoyed the film and would recommend that you see it, i have never seen the original by Michael Caine, so i could not comment on the fact that it's a remake. But it's worth a watch especially if you a Jude Law fan.
This 2004 film is a re-make by Charles Shyer of the 1966 film starring Michael Caine, this time with Jude Law in the title role, and the location moved to Manhattan (but Alfie's still English). I have not seen the original, so I cannot compare them. I have also never really liked Law as a romantic lead, which is just as well as this isn't really a romantic film.
Alfie is an eternal womanizer who is looking for something else, but can't quite put his finger on it. Will he find it before it is too late? Throughout the film he addresses the camera directly, and I found this a tad annoying, especially as it sometimes interrupted the (albeit limited) conversational dialogue. His shallow shagging around New York, at times, seems as empty and pointless to the viewer as it does to Alfie, although the film is ultimately quite melancholic. One of Alfie's plans to find deeper meaning in his life is to start his own business with best friend, and fellow chauffeur, Marlon (Omar Epps) but we never really find out what this new venture is (I assume it is another chauffeuring business). We just see him having a quickie with one lady Dorie (Ally McBeal's Jane Krakowski) but making excuses as she appears to become attached to him, he then heads off to regular girlfriend, single mother Julie (Marisa Tomei) who is always pleased to see him, and who he essentially takes for granted until she discovers what he has been up to. Alfie then lurches from a one night stand with Marlon's girlfriend Lonette (Nia Long) to a relationship with manic depressive Nikki (Sienna Miller) and an affair with charismatic older woman Liz (Susan Sarandon), on some sort of path of self-destruction as he refuses to acknowledge what is wrong with his life. Should he find what he wants, and should it work out for him, and other such details I will leave for you to discover should you watch the film.
The film is not heavy on plot, although to be fair, there is more to the movie than I have mentioned above. Attempts are made for the viewer to empathise with Alfie, as he does feel remorse when he makes a mess of things. Most dialogue is Alfie talking to the camera directly, and this is not my preferred way of watching a film, I don't really like it narrated like that, although that is a personal thing, and others may not be bothered by that. Very few of Alfie's ladies have much depth. Sienna Miller's character Nikki was most disappointing for me, as her character's mood swings meant that there was so much more potential than was portrayed, in fact her part of Alfie's story was told in interestingly lit, flickery clips that resembled a pop video rather than a feature film. So much more could have been done with this character. I liked Marisa Tomei's Julie, she was a sweet character who seemed quite normal and she (as did Nia Long and Susan Sarandon) did manage to make her character a bit more than two-dimensional, which is not easy given the limited screen time each one had. Law did everything asked of him; I don't think he has the right 'cheeky chappy' type persona that would make the ideal Alfie for me. Again this is a personal preference, in that Law has disappointed me more often than not with some of his more recent films.
What I probably loved most about the film was the soundtrack written my David A Stewart (formally of The Eurythmics) and Mick Jagger with most vocal performances done by Jagger and Joss Stone. I thought it really suited the film, tracks were poppy and catchy and the soundtrack CD alone would probably be great and work out of context. The film is very stylish in its direction and there were a number of key 'mood' words displayed on billboards and as signs in the background. Essentially I enjoyed the film, but I cannot rave about it. It is something a bit different in its direction and production style, with a great soundtrack, which is why I ultimately will recommend it.
The film is a 15 certificate, which I think is fair with a small amount of nudity, sexual and drug references. The running time is a little over an hour and a half. My DVD rental copy contained no extras. There are copies available on the web from £6.99.
Now I have your attention, I will begin.
I am reviewing the remake of the classic 1960's film 'Alfie'. The film is set around the main character umm Alfie who is played by Jude Law. Originally released in 2004, I am as usual a late arriver to getting around to viewing it. I watched the VHS version, which I know is very 20th century darling, but it was on offer in Poundland for a um pound, so I snapped it up like a mad woman succumbing to the lustful vision of Jude gazing at me in adoration on the cover. I just know he was thinking about me. I haven't watched the original so unfortunately I can't make the comparisons I would have liked to but here is my thoughts on the film as a whole.
Who Is Alfie?
Alfie is everyone woman's seemingly perfect guy. Smartly dressed, well spoken, charming, witty and sexy as can be. He knows the art of seducing women to a tea, he knows how their minds work, when they begin to start wanting more from a relationship and how to keep them dangling like the proverbial carrot. In his late 20's, Alfie is the ultimate player, he womanises several women at a time and doesn't give a second thought to how his actions will affect their feelings. As long as his needs are satisfied and he gets his end away with a stunning beauty who has the three Alfie requirements abbreviated to FBB - Face, Bum, Boobs he is a happy chap.
Taking a closer look at Alfie we start to see the cracks showing. He is a limousine driver for a backstreet firm with little prospects, poor wage and ambitions of eventually beginning his own limousine firm with his work mate 'Marlon'. He spends his work life chauffeuring rich high society men and their wives/bits on the side to different meetings and designer shops. Although resentful of his place in life and the aspirations he had when coming to Manhattan from the UK expecting to end up a rich businessman, he uses the job to further his philandering skills. Regularly humping bored rich wives in the back of his limousine, promising to call and then driving off into the distance with a self assured smirk on his face. He is a pure and utter commitment-phobe. His endless search for the perfect woman, who we all know doesn't exist, is fruitless but entertaining.
He smokes profusely, drinks anything put in front of him ~ see the vile green drink episode with Susan Sarandon! ~ and swears like a trooper, but he is loveable and very good at the art of seducing. I'm guessing a lot of the female viewers who watched this wouldn't mind Alfie chasing them themselves. He oozes lust, sexuality and charm. Oh, I'm all of a fluster now.
The Basic Outline Of The Story
This version of Alfie has been updated and written by two American writers. Their wit and one liners is comparable to Sex and the City with Jude Law being the male 'Carrie Bradshaw'.
Dating is an addiction for Alfie he has to be in control at all times ,you could almost imagine him at a local sex addicts anonymous club. His need to be assured of his pulling power and good looks reveals a slight insecurity that is covered up by his metro sexual outside cover. A fashion whore who covets the latest designer releases he uses all his powers to woo and cajole relationships with any women available.
The film sees Alfie weave in and out of the hustle and bustle of Manhattan life, going from party to party, drinking, smoking and abusing his body with little thought of tomorrow. He has several relations with women throughout the film (see The Actors Performances) but is always on the outlook for someone better, someone more beautiful or better off. He has one good friend Marlon a work colleague, but that is all. His philandering ruthless ways have meant he is isolated, alone with his thoughts and plots for whom to go after next. He lives alone in his Manhattan apartment where he uses his charming ways to get his elderly neighbour to clean and tidy for him everyday, she always falls for the same lines!
In Manhattan he makes no references to his family back in the UK. He has come to America to start afresh, build a whole facade up about who he is and hopefully land on his feet. His pretty boy looks and English accent are all it takes.. he thinks.
The Actors Performances
Jude Law - Has the huge task of carrying the entire film. 34 year old Jude is a huge crowd puller in the UK box office ranks. Born in Lewisham, South England he has had a much publicised personal life. Previously married to Sadie frost with whom he has 3 children to, and then having an on/off relationship with co-star in this film Sienna Miller which is now officially off (or is it?!). He is a darling of the tabloids and Hello and OK! magazine. His real life persona is comparable to that of Alfie with dalliances with his children's nanny Daisy Wright, whilst in a relationship with Sienna. Why he would need to stray from such a beautiful girl bemuses me totally! Previous film roles he has done include; Dickie Greenleaf in 'The Talented Mr Ripley' and Inman in 'Cold Mountain'.
In Aflie Jude is the rock around which the whole film revolves. He speaks to the camera throughout, talking directly to the audience like an old pal. He reveals his true feelings on the women whilst they are in the shot with him, as if he is speaking his thoughts which they aren't akin to. His suave English accent, lustful smile and overall smooth talking all prove infallible to the women around him. Jude carries it off with aplomb, It all looks very easy to him and is believable. The crowd goes from loving him to wanting to scream at him throughout the film. He acts very selfishly, getting what he wants, when he wants from anyone around him. Jude looks like he is relishing the role getting to snog many beautiful actresses and being the ultimate playboy whilst driving around Manhattan in his 1960's style vintage Vespa.
The Love Interests..
Marisa Tomei - Plays 'Julie' single mother whom Alfie first appears to have any kind of relationship with. Marisa plays a sexy siren of a yummy mummy who the audience empathises with from the off start. She craves security for her and her son. The first scene we see him going to her flat after having 'relations' with another woman in the back of his limousine and expecting Marisa's character to prepare him dinner, run him a hot bath and then let him fall asleep peacefully. All in all he is obviously using her for all he can get. She quickly susses him out after pursuing the future of their relationship and finding red satin evidence to the contrary. However, Alfie does exude and inch of humanity when he shows the downside of getting involved with a single mother - the growing relationship with her son. It is obvious their is some affection between them and this affects him when they inevitably split up. This leaves the audience with the question - Does Alfie secretly want children of his own? This question is never truly answered.
Jane Krakowski - Plays 'Dorie' who appears fleetingly throughout the film. Jane will be familiar to you as she was a regular in the drama comedy series 'Ally Mcbeal' playing the nosey secretary Elaine. Her character in Alfie is the totally oposite, she is a fiery vixen. The wife of a disinterested businessman husband she bemoans the lack of a sex life and attention her husband provides to an ever willing Alfie. Her long legs, siren blonde locks and alluring eyes are all it takes for Alfie to clock her and mark her as another notch on his bedpost. Does she want more and can he provide it? You guess, but the answer seems blatantly obvious.
Susan Sarandon - Plays 'Liz' the older woman. The hard to crack business woman equal of Alfie, she is beautiful, dripping in jewellery and designer names and rich and successful. She is Alfies ultimate dream woman whom he cannot believe is interested in him and has fallen for his bravado. Susan Sarandon plays the role so convincingly, her no nonsense sultry attitude surprised me as I'm used to seeing her in other far more conventional roles such as 'Stepmom' and 'The Witches Of Eastwick'. She works the crowd and runs circles around Alfie without him knowing. Will she be the one to give him the crash back down to reality he needs?
Sienna Miller - In the film that kick-started her career and rocketed into the headlines in the UK and America, Sienna plays Nikki. The wild child, beautiful hippy who is more than a handful for even Alfie. With almost little to no dialogue Sienna provides a memorable performance (for more than one reason!) as she runs rings around Alfie, even though he first presumed she might be the one, beautiful perfect trophy girlfriend he had always desired. He compares her to a statue he once saw in an art gallery that looked perfect from afar, but up close there were obvious cracks that ruined the whole effect for him. She smokes weed, has obvious mental health problems but tries to bend over backwards to please Alfie throughout. Does he stick with her? This was the role that brought the two together for their somewhat sticky relationship after, the sexual chemistry on screen is evident.
Nia Long - Plays the stunning girlfriend of Alfies Best Friend Marlon, 'Loretta'. A breathtakingly gorgeous vision she temporarily breaks up with Marlon and Alfie is only to willing to help her get over the break up and in his words, do his best friend a favour by laying some ground work to get them back together again. After a few cocktails with Loretta in a bar on their own one night, things get heavy on the pool table and one thing leads to another which blows the whole film into an almighty surprise explosion. She gets pregnant and decides and abortion is the way to go. Alfie although shocked is totally unempathetic and rather than worry about Loretta is more interested in his cover story to Marlon if any questions are raised. Marlon and Loretta up sticks and move away deciding to want to get away from it all, Marlon totally oblivious and unsuspecting to the whole events that have past but will it all come back to haunt Alfie?
Here is a full track list:
1. "Old Habits Die Hard" - Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart
2. "Blind Leading The Blind (Live Acoustic Version)" - Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart
3. "New York Hustle"
4. "Let's Make It Up" - Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart
5. "Wicked Time" - Joss Stone and Nadirah "Nadz" Seid, addt'l vocals by Mick Jagger
6. "Lonely Without You (This Christmas)" - Mick Jagger and Joss Stone
7. "Darkness Of Your Love" - Gary "Mudbone" Cooper and Dave Stewart
8. "Jack The Lad"
9. "Oh Nikki"
10. "Blind Leading The Blind" - Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart
11. "Standing In The Rain"
12. "Counting The Days"
13. "Old Habits Reprise"
14. "Alfie" - Joss Stone
15. BONUS TRACK: "Old Habits Die Hard" - Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart featuring Sheryl Crow
Quite a dark moody set of songs these are all recognisable from the film. Not something you would want to dance about to but if you are in a contemplative mood, maybe its your thing. Not something I would rush out and buy though to be honest. I much prefer the old Burt Bacharach version of 'Alfie'.
A quick search on Kelkoo.com brought up these results for Alfie.
Play.com £13.99 & Free P&P for DVD - Box set with old version
I got my VHS from Poundland so I recommend if you are unsure whether this film is for you to get it from there then you aren't losing out on much money if you despise it.
It is available from all good high streets and supermarkets also.
Who this film would appeal to
Fans of Jude Law and Sienna Miller unite for this is the film for you. If you are into chick flicks, adored Sex and The City and love the pretty boy look, I can assure you will love this. I had limited expectations before watching as I have never really been a fan of Jude Law but this changed my mind completely, I fell for his charms totally. The film is fast paced and easy to get into and ticks all the boxes in what I was looking for. Appealing to mostly 20 something women who are after a DVD to watch with pizza and Lambrini and other girls on a Friday night you can't go wrong.
I was shocked to find out that this film was actually rather good. I know it came in for a lot of criticism when first released being quite a box office flop, but I loved it. I haven't seen the original though so this might be why my view is quite biased. The supporting actresses all add to magic of this film and the setting of swish Manhattan in winter all give it a cosy feel. I thought Alfie's monologues to camera would be annoying but No! They just brought more to the screen. An inside view into the working of any playboys thoughts might give women around the world a clue to what to expect, however shocking or selfish it is. You are left feeling sorry for the loveless shallow world Alfie exists in. Does he really enjoy his life? You decide. I wouldn't like to be a part of it for long.
This begs the question:
What's it all about Alfie? (I had to do it :D)
Thank you for reading.
copyright cherwaite 2006 xx
No one can deny the supreme adonis-esque beauty of jude law. However a film that is singularly regarding that premise is sure to be a little dull and you would've thought the producers would have noticed this and maybe spiced it up with a bit of a plot to let it run a little smoother. Obviously though they didn't and as a result i nearly fell asleep (nearly- so in that respect it proved more successful than troy!). Luckily i hadn't paid to watch it and so didn't mind it being dull. It is a piece of light, non-mentally taxing, harmless, entertainment. So basically, a last resort movie. I believe the phrase is 'for fans only'.
As the second instalment of my Jude Laws in everything series I sat down the other night and watched the remake of Alfie. Now being a bit of a Michael Caine fan its a little odd that Ive never watched the original version. So I thought as I had a copy of Judes new version Id watch that first and catch up with the original afterwards. It seems that Jude is certainly Hollywoods darling at the moment but it remains to be seen whether this will be a lasting stay or if hell be cast out in the cold in a couple of years.
Jude plays the loveable rogue Alfie. He lives along in New York city and has the sort of live a lot of men would be envious of. He drives a limo and usually ends up sleeping with which ever attractive young thing happens t be in the back. In fact Alfie will pretty much sleep with any woman who looks at him twice. Hes also got his semi serious girlfriend Julie (Marisa Tomei) hidden away on the other side of town. In fact things are looking quite rosy for Alfie, who even plans to buy the Limo company along with best friend Marlon (Omar Epps).
As we all know though luck doesnt last for ever and soon Alfies world is turned totally upside down. He is thrown out by Julie after she finds another womans underwear in the trash after Alfies rather poor attempt at hiding them. From there he goes to help Marlon with his love life and ends up sleeping with Marlons ex girlfriend. Who in turn went on to agree to marry Marlon, although not before finding out shes pregnant, with Alfies child. After that his life really starts to go to pot and Alfie needs to sort himself out, especially as he worries if Lonettes (Nia Long) abortion was the right decision.
The end result is a movie thats both interesting and enjoyable. It shows a different side to Judes character and its a side I think he picks up very well. He has the ability to bring the loveable rogue Alfie to life and this is a real testament to Jude. Its slightly different to the other characters he has played and I really felt he fitted the role fantastically. He worked well with just about every member of the female cast including Susan Sarandon and the future Mrs Law, Sienna Miller.
I felt this was a really testament to director Charles Shyer the man who brought us Father of The Bride back in 1991. He has handled the remake well and although Ive not seen the original but the remake certainly makes a decent film. He also had a hand in adapting Bill Naughtons original script along with Elaine Pope who used to have a hand in Seinfield the TV series. All in all theyve made a good job of the script and screenplay and that makes the film a lot more watchable.
There are a few slower moments to the plot but they add a sense of tension to the storyline. There are a number of funny moments but I found them to be more snigger inducing moments rather than laugh out loud hilarious parts. I felt that New York really was the ideal location and it was hard to tell, which scenes they had used Manchester as the New York double for. Overall though the locations were good and added the real playboy feel to Alfie.
I felt the soundtrack really made certain scenes within the movie. The combination of Jagger and Dave Stewart worked fantastically well together but when they added Joss Stone to the mix it sounded fantastic. There were certain scenes where the soundtrack really carried the film and again I felt this was a good decision by Syher to let the music and scenes say more than words ever could.
Overall I would have to say Alfie really surprised me. I was expecting quite a weak film that played off Judes name and lacked any real substance. Instead the end result is a thoroughly enjoyable film, that although a little slow in certain places does keep you entertained. Jude is the perfect choice as Alfie and I dont think there are many actors who could pull off the role so well. With a supporting cast who make Jude look even better its a decent film and one I can thoroughly recommend is Worth renting if not buying. If you see one Jude Law film this week make it this one.
Jude Law's Alfie, much like Michael Caine's in the 1966 original, is what you'd call an unrepentant womanizer. He beds 'em but never weds 'em, and New York provides ample opportunity to continue the process--until reality slaps him in the face. Because Jude Law is, well, Jude Law, you can see why he gets away with it as long as he does, and the actor also pulls off the usually awkward trick of narrating directly to the camera. Neither his Alfie, however, nor director Charles Shyer's remake emerges completely without scratches. Law has a Chesire Cat carnality, but he emanates too much intellect to buy him as the relatively dim bulb he's supposed to be. The film, meanwhile, is a bit soft around the edges; the whole thing would have more resonance if it wasn't quite so intent on watching the unrepentant repent. Regardless, it's a surprisingly thoughtful diversion, and there's fine work from Marisa Tomei, Nia Long, and Susan Sarandon as the women who understandably make Alfie reconsider his ways.--Steve Wiecking