What's it all about?
Directed by: Charles Shyer
Written by: Bill Naughton (play, original screenplay); Elaine Pope and Charles Shyer (screenplay)
Starring: Jude Law, Jane Krakowski, Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps, Susan Sarandon, Sienna Miller
Primary Genres: Drama
2004 Cosmique Movie Awards
A British lad in New York tries to avoid emotional complications with his sexual adventures.
At most of the major awards ceremonies in 2004, Alfie earned a sole nomination for the song "Old Habits Die Hard." The same held true at the Cosmos. Voters can listen to a sample of the song in Windows Media or Real Player formats, or buy the soundtrack from Amazon.
Best Original Song in a 2004 Film - "Old Habits Die Hard"
Much has been written deriding Hollywood's habit of remaking classic films. And the original 1966 film was certainly a classic, garnering five Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor, Supporting Actress, and Writing.
But sometimes remakes make sense. Shakespeare's plays are restaged - and sometimes re-filmed - every year. Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close's made-for-Showtime version of "The Lion in Winter" is an excellent example of how an excellent film (one of my favorites of all time) can be redone and still be satisfying.
But more importantly, times change, and sometimes an old classic can be tweaked to better reflect contemporary mores and issues. The Michael Caine classic was made in 1966 at the very beginning of the sexual revolution, a very different era - and a different Alfie - than the one reflected by Jude Law nearly 40 years later.
That doesn't mean that the 2004 "Alfie" is a phenomenal film. It has its flaws, and ultimately, it's only the force of Jude Law's charisma that saves it. I give it a higher rating than most of the critics, and I applaud this remake as one that does more than simply try to retell the exact same story.
My Rating: 7
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