In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 41st review of the 89 chosen Films…
“What I loved once and what I love now are two different things.” – Alfie
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jan 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A British playboy goes through life loving and leaving women and ends up getting exactly what he thinks he wants.
My Take on it – This is yet another film on this list that I knew absolutely nothing about before watching it and I had high hopes just because Michael Caine was the lead here.
Unfortunately, his character is not very likeable and I didn’t feel any sympathy for him or his ways at all.
Caine is very much cast against type here and the character just didn’t work for me and I found it laughable instead of believable.
I found it quite annoying how they kept breaking the 4th wall and tried to use it to their benefit too often where most times it just didn’t work well.
I had expected a film like this to feel cathartic by the end and I didn’t feel that way because the character was never very likeable at all to me.
Perhaps this is a film that was better viewed back when it came out because the subject matter was considered very risque at the time.
Bottom Line – Didn’t like this one as much as I thought I would. Caine plays against type here and his character isn’t likeable at all. Wasn’t a fan of the way they kept breaking the 4thw all here. The character wasn’t as believable as we would like him to be and it’s hard to feel sorry for a character like that. Wasn’t as cathartic as I expected it to be.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Several well-known actors (including Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey, James Booth and Anthony Newley) turned down the title role due to the then taboo subject matter of abortion. Despite having played “Alfie” on Broadway, Terence Stamp categorically declined to reprise the role on film, thus giving his good friend and then roommate Michael Caine the breakthrough role of his career. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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