Sunday, February 16, 2014

Movie Review ... Endless Love


hr_Endless_Love_5Based on Scott Spencer’s novel ‘Endless Love’ was originally a hit in 1981. Most of its appeal lay in the charms of rising star Brooke Shields and the successful Lionel Richie/Diana Ross title tune.  Neither are in this re-make although it maintains the original’s melodramatics.  It is pure Mills and Boon stuff with the ‘boy gets girl/loses girl’ theme working over-time.  The edge given from some of the new cast make it watchable as each new development adds to the ongoing saga.

Working as a valet, bad boy David (Alex Pettyfer) aims to clean up his life. Often in trouble with the law, his wayward ways have caught attention.  Life seems good until he catches the eye of Jade (Gabriella Wilde).  Entranced, they begin a torrid affair.  When her father Hugh (Bruce Greenwood) discovers he pulls out all stops to end a relationship rapidly escalating in forbidden intensity.

‘Endless Love’ follows the typical film romance formula.  The right boxes are ticked with a soft-rock soundtrack, discreet glances and tears ruling the day.  It’s a very bland affair filled with some appallingly lifeless performances.  The leads are especially awful as they display zero chemistry and are hampered by their meagre acting abilities.  Only Greenwood’s character maintains interest as his haunted father becomes trapped in a tsunami of hatred and grief.

Faced with a generally uninspired cast and screenplay, Director Shana Feste is forced to shoot lots of slow-motion shots.  Filmed through a seeming Vaseline-smeared lens, ‘Endless Love’ looks like the very pretty fantasy it represents.  It is difficult believing any of the drama as one ridiculously silly sequence overlaps the other.  Less is sometimes more in screen romances with the dreadfully written dialogue causing mirth than lovelorn anguish.

‘Endless Love’ is a cleaner and safer version of the admired original.  Totally predictable with little to recommend it, its few saving graces aren’t enough to prevent sighs of relief when the end titles finally arrive.


Movie Review Rating out of 10:  2

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