I must confess to having quite serious reservations over the prospect of this movie. Being a huge fan of Michael Caine - and cinema - it was darn near heresy to remake a classic such as 'Alfie'. But, reluctantly, I watched it.
I have to say it was a thoroughly satisfying experience! I studied film (among other things!) at university, and know first-hand that too many critics can be unnecessarily snobby about the films Hollywood churns out. I've started measuring the film ratings I dispense by the level of contentment I felt afterwards.
'Alfie' is a cracking little movie. It bears little resemblance to the original, and is very much a movie in its own right. The film is an ultra-glossy affair, with Jude Law in great clothes walking through great sets and great locations with great-looking women, living a great lifestyle. You get the idea! It's a snappy story of morals, but without ever becoming too preachy. First and foremost it aims to be a slick romantic comedy, and it pulls it off.
I'd heartily recommend the film. I'm willing to bet you won't take your eyes off it and somewhere, deep down, you'll experience a real sense of satisfaction. Jude Law was made for the role (think Dickie Greenleaf!) and proves he's a star by ably carrying the picture. Ultra-solid support from Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei, Nia Long and Sienna Miller provides a nice mix of spices. Give it a shot. You may just like it, even though I was tempted to knock off a star for the monstrously egomaniacal post-movie credits from the director (you'll see what I mean...)