| Movie Review: Alfie
Alternate Title: Who Cares What it's All About?
Story: Almost forty years after the original Alfie (with Michael Caine) was released someone in Hollywood decided that the world needed a remake.
Oh, how wrong they were!
Even the charm of Jude Law cannot save this film from being shown on airplanes within weeks. This film is a relic, outdated and old-fashioned.
Directed by Charles Shyer, Alfie has been updated to the present and set in NYC, not London. Alfie is a womanizer, a cad, a 'love 'em and leave 'em' kind of guy. And the gals who pass through his life are stereotypical and one dimensional. They pretty much deserve one another.
The first 30 minutes of the film was entertaining. Alfie breaks through that 'fourth wall' and speaks directly to the audience during the whole film. It was breezy, flip and fun. Then it turned into a morality play and well - I drifted.
Be warned, unless you are crazy, insane over Jude Law, stay home.
Acting: Jude Law is a charmer. He can play just about any role. But even the most talented actor needs some better material to make it all work. The supporting characters are all adequate, but they too, are merely going through the motions in this very outdated film. Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei, Nia Long, Jane Krakowski and Omar Epps will probably not include this film on their resumes.
Predilection: I like Jude law and I like films shot in NYC.
Critters: A dog.
Food: Little food but lots to drink, including absinthe.
Visual Art: Snazzy, eye appealing sets, split screens and street graphics.
Blatant Product Placement: Gucci and Chanel
Theater Audience: There were four other individuals who were also suffering from sticker shock as the Loew's Theater chain, in honor of their 100th birthday, raised their prices another .25 to a whopping $10.50!
Sappy Factor: More dated, than sappy.
Quirky Meter: 0
Drift Range: I was adrift with thoughts of how dated this film was turning out to be and what was going to be served tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner.
Predictability Level: Over the top.
Tissue Usage: 0
Oscar Worthy: Puh-leeze.
Nit Picking: Lots of nits but not worth picking them.
Big Screen or Rental: Neither. But for some other Jude Law films (and there are plenty) try: Cold Mountain, Road to Perdition, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Enemy at the gates, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Gattaca and Wilde.
Length: Two hours.
LOBO HOWLS: 4