What is it all about?
The previews make “Alfie” out to be a nothing-but-shallow movie
about a young guy whose life is composed solely of making love to
’em and losing ’em. Jude Law plays Alfie, a man working for a
limousine company who goes out of his way to court the ladies and
creates more than enough drama for himself in the meantime. The
entire movie centers around Law, who loves to step aside, becoming
intimate with the audience and telling his philosophies on love,
avoiding love and making love. He courts, errr, betrays several
women during the film. The women are portrayed by Marisa Tomei,
Susan Sarandon, Nia Long and even Golden Globe nominee Jane
Krakowski. Way to go Jude!
Alfie at first doesn’t seem to care about any of his actions,
only living his life for himself, and he is often caught saying “I
didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” not realizing the extent of the
confusion and pain he’s putting these ladies through. Alas, he does
get what he paid for and the blows start to come back to the
source, putting Alfie on the receiving end of all the punches he’s
thrown at his previous flings. There are actually some fairly
emotional parts and Law learns some life lessons sure to make any
man or woman think about their relationships – past and
Director Charles Shyer, known for writing and directing “The
Father of the Bride,” made this remake of the 1966 “Alfie” very
cool to watch as the cinematography, style and setting he used is
different from anything else he has done. The quick cuts and
hipster feel give the film an updated spin on a ’60s classic. The
soundtrack also adds to the movie, building on the emotions the
viewer feels about Alfie. Of the six movies Law is in this year,
“Alfie” is probably not the one to see, if you’re trying to choose.
It is directed well, has good acting and doesn’t hesitate in
showing the crappy side of men in general.
So what is it all about? Who knows? Don’t go to “Alfie” to find
out; go if you want to watch a hottie pick up the hotties, lose the
hotties and learn blatantly obvious lessons from his mistakes.
Ram rating: 2 out of 4