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Review: Endless Love
Updated: Friday, February 14 2014, 05:44 AM CST
By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic
This is definitely the week for remakes of 1980s film with a total of 3. The original Endless Love was made back in 1981 and starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. The only rememberable thing about this film was the hit song by the same name by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. Richie even sang it during last year's ACL Festival with the crowd belching out Ross's part. The 1981 film didn't break box office records then and if this new one does, it's because of the marketing maneuver in releasing it on Valentine’s weekend. Most men will be at a loss of what to do for their significant others and take them to this film. That doesn't mean jump in line!
In Endless Love, a beautiful wealthy blonde named Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) has been a recluse for the last 2 years since her older brother died of cancer. It's graduation day and David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer), who has noticed her from afar for a while now decides he's going to approach her. There's a spark and quickly they are in love. Jade is leaving to do a medical internship that has made her Doctor daddy very proud. Now that David is in the picture, she changes her mind and wants to explore this love with David. But not if her dad stops it.
Directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong), the best part of this Endless Love remake is the black male friend that provides most of the comic relief. Since this was under the direction of a female, I thought that there would be a refreshing take on the story, but there was nothing new. There was the same concept, but much more on today's level. I do appreciate that the screenplay wasn't as far fetched as the 1981 version, with the mom having the Mrs. Robinson syndrome and at least having the young couple the same age.
A story like this should have every viewer believing that this is the greatest love of it; that they were defying the odds. I never believed their emotions. It felt so contrived mainly due to the acting and the montages were like a long GAP commercial. At times, the film had people laughing due to the forced dramatization, mostly by Nip/Tuck’s Joely Richardson, who plays the girls mother. However, I did believe that Pettyfer gave a sincere performance.
I have to admit, I am a fan of the 1981 version even though it got a lot of flack for not being as deep and emotional as Scott Spencer's novel. The best performance was Martin Hewitt who played David. It showed how his love for Jade drove him a little crazy. Even if I separate this remake from the original letting it stand completely alone, my feelings are no different. Guys, I suggest you make dinner for your lady and rent an old love classic.
To check out the trailer, click here!
Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale
A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now
B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of the theaters; the story may drag in places
C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it
D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.
F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever