Endless Love is a remake of the 1981 film starring Brooke Shields. In this 2014 update Gabriella Wilde plays Jade Butterfield who falls in love with David (Alex Pettyfer), a boy from the wrong side of the tracks.
- Director: Shana Feste
- Writers: Shana Feste and Joshua Safran
- Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick
- Music: Christophe Beck
- Cinematography: Andrew Dunn
At the end of his senior year, David decides to finally make a move on his crush, Jade. She’s an ice queen who after a family tragedy isolated herself from her class. Before Jade ventures off to college she throws a party, in which David attends. Together they fall madly in love, much to the detriment of Jade’s father.
- Missed Opportunity: Jade and David falling in love while Jade’s parents are having problems is a bizarre subplot. The story between the parents is actually more compelling than the puppy love centered tale. You have the amazing duo of Greenwood and Richardson as the Butterfields with so much at stake as their marriage crumbles. It would have been interesting to see a possible divorce between the parents take center stage. Richardson gets inspired by her daughter’s romance, which reignites her passion for writing. And Greenwood’s character could try to deal with his grief in a more constructive way. Their characters had arcs that made for a much better story.
- Story: The movie encourages the most unhealthy kind of relationship. Utter dependency. David could say, “Don’t give up on school for me, go take the internship that will make you happy’ but his encouragement falls on deaf ears because apparently love is worth giving up on your future. Instead of seeing Jade discover who she is, we just get scenes of her frolicking in the grass and canoodling like a long Abercrombie ad. It’s hard to disagree with her opposing father who tries to forbid her from seeing David.
- Character Issues: Jade has nothing to do besides fight her father’s expectations and be in love. She goes from one man’s ideal to another’s–ideal child to ideal lover. Even David shows potential for an arc, as her mom helps him get into school. Pettyfer tries to prove he can contend as a leading man and amps up the brooding but no longer looks like a teen. Then there’s Jade’s brother who clashes with their father in every scene. At one point, he leaves and isn’t seen again until the end of the movie. There’s also David’s dad played by Robert Patrick, who only serves as an enabler to the blindly in love couple.
- Unrealistic Expectations: In the beginning of the film, David gets into trouble while working as a valet. He was supposed to get sued by a rich snob, but they up and disappear. There are no consequences for the main characters. They get away with everything because they’re young, beautiful and in love. No one really challenges them except the villainous father. You’re led to believe that David’s troubled upbringing won’t come back as Jade leans towards throwing her life away to be with him.
Skip, this flick. It teaches that toxic relationships are okay. Endless Love promotes blissful love without realistic growth.
The Rating: 2/10
Will you be seeing Endless Love this weekend?