WHAT IS IT WITH JUDE LAW - THAT MAN IS A MACHINE!
Jude Law must be in some kind of blackmail situation where he needs to
pay people a lot of money fast (that is purely conjecture, please don't
sue us Mr Law) cause he has made lots of films in the last year or so,
this, Lemony Snicket, Sky Captain and those are only the ones we are
In a remake of the classic with Michael Caine, Alfie is an alien who
came to Earth to live with the "average American" Tanner family. Alfie is
small, furry, arrogant, and he's an alien from the planet Melmac.
Alfie soon decides that as much as he misses his home planet, there's a lot
to be said for Earth: the Tanners are willing to concede anything as
long as he doesn't announce his presence. Oh yeah, the Tanners also
have a cat, which looks rather tasty...
No wait, that's Alf (Alien Life Form), my mistake...
Alfie is a remake of a classic with Michael Caine, where Jude workaholic Law is 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.
Like the original "Alfie," it's the story of a sexually promiscuous man. Alfie (Law), 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.
Also like the original, the new version could be called a cautionary tale, about a way of life that leads to the existential confusion embodied in the famous catchphrase, "What's it all about?"
Most remakes smell like the inside of Alfie's apartment after a sucessful night out.... This one doesn't, it's not quite roses but this remake is good.
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