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  • Eventually his superficiality gives way to an emerging self-awareness which takes even Alfie by surprise

    • by Serene

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      Alfie played by Jude Law is a sexually confident and widely flirtatious man who makes it his mission to keep company with the most beautiful women. He never met a woman he didn’t like. His philosophy was there were far too many beautiful women in New York City to pick just one.

      Throughout the film, Alfie talks directly to us, the audience as a sort of self narrative mechanism. You can’t help but like him, he’s so candid in an almost childlike manner.

      One of his mantra’s being “I’m just being honest. ” Unlike the pretentious, selfishly brass cad’s that go to bed with a lot of women in other movies, Alfie is refreshingly

      adorable, not mean or rude or a creep.

      He is irresistible When he flatters his fat, old neighbor, it’s harmlessly cute and even vaguely thoughtful. He’s not taking advantage of her or exploiting her in any way, he’s being his regular charming self.

      It’s not easy to talk to the camera, say crash and lude things, and still be disarmingly engaging and down right appealing. Here, he oozes charisma and sexual energy.

      Even through the eyes of the cinematographer, the beauty and allure of the city seems to act as a metaphor for how Alfie sees and relates to women. Through his plethora of romantic trysts, the audiences get to know ...

      • several of his women.

        Marisa Tomei, though her role understated, does a great job of playing his semi permanent girlfriend who is a single mother, once she gets wind and confirmation of his straying eyes and hands, she ends it. Then there’s Nia Long, his best friends very recent ex, after a night of tequila and pool, they end up horizontal for a different kind of game.

        Next there’s Susan Sarandon, an older, sophisticated, wealthy business woman who has Alfie’s number for the start, but still plays along. And then there’s Sienna Miller’s character who moved in with him and proves to be maybe even more self deprecating than he is and her

        party girl ways and carefree attitude leave them at odds.

        Eventually his superficiality gives way to an emerging self-awareness which takes even Alfie by surprise. His realization of the lack of depth in his life and the consequences for the choices he made come to him full circle in the scene were he breaks down in his car.

        It is wonderfully acted my Law, you see his utter pain, dismay, and guilt played purposely and convincingly in that scene. It’s almost like you see the real Alfie without the pretences and charm for the first time in the entire film.

        This movie was well acted and because of Law’s portrayal of the main character, well received.

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