Dubby’s dvdiscussion : Comic relief: Alfie, Bridget and The Fockers

Dubby Bhagat


Alfie is a cad, Alfie is a bounder, Alfie is as irresistible to women as women are to Alfie. In last year’s delightfully irreverent but ultimately (horrible word coming up) moral remake of the 1966 classic, Jude Law is Alfie transported to Manhattan, and is chauffeur by day, womaniser by night. Alfie loves women, he adores women and then Alfie dumps them. As he talks into the camera, he rationalises all he does from endagering relationships that mean a great deal to him, to seducing older women, to breaking hearts. These soliloquies delivered to us are as effective and insightful as the dialogue that is as fresh and cheeky today as when dramatist Bill Naughton wrote it in the sixties. It was adapted into a multi-Oscar-nominated film with Michael Caine getting a nod for his role as Alfie and the movie ‘Alfie’ coming up for Best Picture. Jude Law is less Cockney but as perky in the 2004 remake. Say’s Law, “This is the way men think. This is what men think deep down. The interesting thing is that the women in it are very different. They’re much stronger.”

‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason’ asks the question, “Are happing endings possible when you’re 33 and have a bottom like two bowling balls?” Bridget Jones, played by the extraordinary Renee Zellweger, was back again in 2004 as the diarist of a few years ago, only this time she is settled in a relationship with faithful, upright, stuffy Darcy (Colin Firth) but is as fat, frank and fumbling as ever. ‘Meet the Fockers’ is American out and out compared to ‘Alfie’ and ‘Bridget Jones’. ‘Fockers’ has a great cast. It’s a sequel to ‘Meet the Parents’ and has moments of undiluted fun. You’ve got randy octogenarians, a Chihuahua with the hots, a botched circumcision, a Latin housekeeper who might be the mother of the groom-to-be’s illegitimate son.If you like your humour explicit, low down and raunchy, ‘Meet the Fockers’ is the flick for you.