||[Dec. 3rd, 2004|06:31 pm]
Directed by: Charles Shyer (known for Father of the Bride (I and II)
Jeremy, Heather and I decided to go watch Alfie yesterday night at Pacific Place, forfeiting the Art Walk in favor of an activity that didn't require wandering around Pioneer Square in the cold cold weather. And, while the main reason for going to the movie was to see Jude Law (so dreamy), I left a little disappointed with the film (although Jude didn't let me down).
Jude's character, as a womanizing, stylishly dressed, british limo driver, really is the drawing point of the film, which makes me wonder if the earlier version of the film (1966 - starring Michael Caine develops the story any better.
The additional characters in the story seem to fit into neat tiny boxes; all the women have their one defining quality, and they all satisfy their needs in the story. There's Dorie (Jane Krakowski), who plays the back-seat fling; Julie (Marisa Tomei), who plays the domestic girlfriend with the cute kid and warm inviting home; Lonette (Nia Long), who plays the best friend's girlfriend that Alfie 'consoles' a little too much; Nikki (Sienna Miller), who plays the blonde haired, blue eyed, only girl that gets inside his apartment; and Liz (Susan Sarandon), who plays the older, established woman who breaks his heart.
Throughout the film, though, which has some odd editing techniques, cuts and quick edits, that supposedly make it 'cutting edge' and hip, like the main character (but only end up serving to disrupt the flow) I ended up just getting bored by the monotony of it all. Meets girl, has fling, runs away in his pink shirt, repeat ad naseaum. Then, (and perhaps this is the point of it all) realizes that he's alone in the world, and essentially goes back to all the women that we've previously met, and realizes even MORESO that he's alone.
By the end, in the narrative fashion that he's been sustaining through the entire film (which makes more sense when Heather pointed out that the film was originally based on a play - but is still a little too much), Alfie tries to explain what he's learned about life through his experiences. But by that point, I'd basically stopped paying attention, because I knew what was coming... "What's it all about?" being too prominent of a tag line for the film.
Also, in the background of many of the scenes, there are assorted... words that are reminiscent of those annoying posters in your high school counselor's office. They're so out of place (and so blatantly focused on in many of the scenes) that every time there's a new one, I cringed. I'm sure that the filmmakers were either trying to be clever (perhaps tying in the 'word of the day' that work their way into Alfie's charm), or they're referencing something that is over my head (perhaps playing to the 'play' aspect of the film), but in the end, it ended up just distracting me, even though I can't remember any of the words that they used. Shows a real staying power, eh?
There are, however, some nice Mick Jagger songs to compliment the film, and we (Jeremy, Heather, and I) all agreed that Alfie's wardrobe is very nice.