Monday, February 06, 2006
Alfie

What is to like about Alfie? He's handsome, charming, talented, suave, rich, and British. That son of a bitch. I guess I'm a sucker like these girls who definitely fallen for Alfie, at least physically -- but personality wise, I want to kill him. He's nothing but a playboy and a womanizer without any clear sense of direction in his life. He's a bastard, but a charming one...I'm afraid.

Alfie (Jude Law) is an Englishman who lives in Manhattan, New York City. He works as a limo driver, and his clients are mostly beautiful women. He sleeps with them in one night stands without any sort of commitment. His "official" girlfriend, Julie (Marisa Tomei) dumped him when she found out that he's been sleeping around with Dorie (Jane Krakowsky). He moves on to his best friend's fiancee, Lonette (Nia Long) and impregnant her. He lost his best friend, Marlon (Omar Epps) after Lonette also dumped him. Again he moves on to Nikki (Sienna Miller) and Liz (Susan Sarandon) but in the end they also breaking up. The consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style.

I am so angry and so pissed to watch this movie, because this movie has done nothing but glamorized womanizing -- that it is okay to men to having affair to one another women, and damn to all women if they are trying to change the men. Because in the end if women try to change men, they'll end up broken hearted anyway. Alfie is a bastard, he doesn't think nor ponder about his actions. He doesn't care whether he hurt these women, and he hold his own philosophy that we live in the now  so no matter what, enjoy it while it last. It may sounds good for a while. Alfie is a misogynistic cad who seduced a series of women. But this kind of person sooner or later will realize that they will ends up alone in this world with no one loving him back. Karma is a bitch.

Technical wise, the cinematography is pretty decents. The actors are very good portraying the characters. But I prefer the original movie starring Michael Caine. Although the style and the decades were different, the morale of the story is remain the same. The original has more depth and darker, rather than the remake one which I consider to be lighter. On the minus side, the Mick Jagger music DOESN'T work. It gets annoying everytime I heard him singing. The biggest problem here is that times have changed since the original Alfie: sexual and gender politics don't allow for a protagonist who bed-hops and deceives women with impunity to be cast as heroic or even remotely sympathetic. In the end, the film seems hollow, like a nearly two-hour long visual fashion spread. Beautiful to look at, but ultimately it's just pretty trash. His life isn't as perfect as it looks and he doesn't have all the answers, but he seems to be growing up as he learns some tough lessons. The movie is not exactly joyful, which is understandable considering how lonely Alfie really is. He might be having the time of his life, but he isn't content. He pays for his mistakes, although I don't think living a hedonistic lifestyle is one of them.

Ratings: 2/10


Posted at 12:22 pm by hanitje

hani
February 9, 2006   08:54 AM PST
 
me too... the original one tackle the issue of abortion, whilst this remake seems afraid to do that.
indres
February 8, 2006   08:52 AM PST
 
Prefer the original one....
 

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