Jude Law starred in about three thousand movies in the fall of 2004, many of them failures at the box office. "Alfie," a remake of the Michael Caine version, was one of those films. The movie is about a chauvinistic bachelor who doesn't like commitment but loves beautiful women. However, it has very little nudity. I wonder why it flopped.
"Alife" is actually moderately entertaining, with a good but not great screenplay and some funny moments. Romance takes a back seat to Alfie's inept view of relationships, which in my opinion is much more entertaining. Of course, it was for this reason that the movie failed to attract audiences. It lacks the hardcore R-rating guys would be intrigued by, and has very little in the way of touching romance that appeals to women.
Still, "Alfie" is pretty funny during the first half of its running time. Law pulls off his character with ease, as he basically plays a less robotic version of his character in "A.I." He's funny and innocently sleazy.
Unfortunately, by the second half, the movie has proven it has little to offer, as it becomes obsessed with showing Alfie's flaws without providing any solution. The movie loses its focus and becomes more dramatic, while at the same time delivering very little real drama.
Things could have been a lot worse, and guys should get a kick out of some of Alfie's monologue, but ultimately "Alfie" is a rather pointless remake.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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