Being a fangirl will sometimes make you do things you wouldn’t do under sane circumstances. I love Jude Law, but I hate romance movies with a passion. Consequently even though Alfie was in my Netflix queue I’ve been resisting watching it. But finally the allure of the eye candy and talent that is Mr. Law won over and I finally gave in.
Alfie is the remake of the 1966 film that starred Michael Caine in the title role. I haven’t seen the original so I can’t tell you how this version compares. The plot is very simple Alfie (Jude Law) is a man who loves women. Any pretty face that crosses his path grabs his attention. The problem is, Alfie simply can’t commit, to anyone. The moment things get serious or even hint at getting serious Alfie breaks the relationship and moves on. Narrated by Alfie, mostly talking directly to me, ahem, to the camera, we go through Alfie’s conquests, failures, and his search for the perfect woman.
For a romance movie it was actually quite enjoyable. Of course Jude Law was responsible for a lot of that. If you are looking for a good Law eye candy movie this is it. I also like that Alfie doesn’t just go for the same type of woman over and over again. Alfie is a diversified lothario, dating women of different backgrounds, ages, and ethnic groups. Even when he flirts with his next door neighbor he comes across as earnest even though you know he’s sort of using her. You do really want to hate him at times for his immature decisions but he’s so damn lovable you just can’t. Besides it’s very easy to see that Alfie is not as happy with his life as he pretends to be. I also enjoyed the narration style of the movie, it pulled you in and made you feel more along for the ride. I don’t think if we didn’t get Alfie’s inner perspective on everything it wouldn’t have been interesting at all.
This movie had a bit more depth to it than I expected but not overly so, even the hurtful parts are presented at an even keel. The pacing of the movie matching closely Alfie’s mood. In the end it’s not a great movie but a very good movie. I’d watch it again and not just for the delectable Mr. Law. The rest of the cast was good as well. Standouts being Susan Sarandon as the confident and sexy older woman Liz, Sienna Miller as the variable mood Nikki, and Omar Epps as his best friend Marlon who breaks your heart with a single look.