Mention Title: Alfie
Genre: Chick Flick / Drama
Director: Charlie Shyer
Actors: Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Susan Sarandon
Date of Release: November 5, 2004.
In Manhattan, the British limousine driver Alfie is surrounded by beautiful women, most of them clients, and he lives as a Don Juan, having one night stands with all of them and without any sort of commitment. His girl-friend and single-mother Julie is quite upset with the situation and his best friends are his colleague Marlon and his girl-friend Lonette. Alfie has a brief affair with Lonette, and the consequences of his act forces Alfie to reflect and wonder about his life style.
Alfie is a typical womanizer who believes that every woman can’t resist his charming, that really annoyed me! I must admit this kind of movie is so realistic, because almost every men are like Alfie at least in a stage of their life, they brake the hearts’ women just to live crazy experiences with other women, sometimes without think that he would be lose an happy life join his woman’s dreams… and maybe that’s why I really hate it. Another fact that I hated also was when the leading character (Alfie) looked directly to the camera to talk with us, it was so annoying, I don’t like this kind of effects, it’s confusing because they mixed up the acting with the reality, and it’s so tedious for me.
I prefer other kind of movies, sush as Sci-fiction, Comedy, Romantic… however I think it was amusing for a while, the actors played very convincing, I really hated Alfie actually, so they did a good job. Susan Sarandon got my attention; she played like a superficial woman, sexy and self- confidence that I loved her. About the director, I think that he wanted to show how a superficial life could end up in an empty life, everything seemed nice, sexy, funny can become in a disaster and also how people make mistakes while they’re having a crazy life and after they feel regret about their behavior, when they have lost values people or things and then they can’t do anything about it.
Related to the music, special effects and cinematography, I think it join the story perfectly. Every time that something happened, like a new meeting between Alfie and any girl, both the music and special effects had a perfect combination to get our attention and we could feel exactly that the director wanted to perform, that’s important and I think Shyer did it.
RECOMMEND / NOT
It’s difficult to say if I would recommend this kind of movie or not, because usually I wouldn’t like to watch it, but after to understand the movie, I think it has an important moral to learn. I specially recommend this movie to men, because it’s interesting they can see what the result of their stupid behavior is. Maybe, they can reflect about it and change a little bit their life, at least for a while. Even though, it would be interesting for some women also, because they can identified with kind of man they have a relationship and what behavior they must have to get the right man.