This is one of those movies that falls prey to the sometimes dreaded remake syndrome. Based off a book originally, and an 80’s film of the same name, this melodrama has its moments. But mostly it’s nothing beyond the normalcy.
Endless Love (2014) Film Review
High school is over for Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) and with it all the bad memories of her brother’s death and missing out on normal teenage behavior. Through four years of high school, she focused on one thing – getting the right kind of grades and being the good girl, something that earned her a not-so-nice reputation among her peers. One guy noticed her. His name is David (Alex Pettyfer). He never spoke to her or befriended Jade, but he always saw her.
In answer to her parent’s question of what Jade wants in celebration of her graduation, she wishes for a normal party. One in which she invites David, and thus begins, the two of them forming the start of something more; something Jade’s stern father (Bruce Greenwood) isn’t keen on. Something that could destroy their family and alter Jade’s promising future.
Ah, yeas, the allure of a pretty poster art. It will get you every time, and yet despite all that pretty promise, this angst-y teen drama is nothing special. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely. Why? Mainly because I don’t expect anything beyond what it suggests, which is a typical boy-meets-girl and parental drama, and that’s just what I got. However, I do like all of the pretty locations this all unfolds in; everything from the grand Butterfield family home to the quieter, more “organic” beach house in a sequence that’s beautiful.‘ENDLESS LOVE’ (2014) #FWarchives #Movies Click To Tweet
As characters, these are interesting enough to hold our attention. If that isn’t good enough, maybe it’s the romance that keeps us watching or perhaps its the cast. For me, this cast is good, and I do like everything I’ve seen Pettyfer in and seeing Joely Richardson in something again is great. Not to mention the young actress who plays Jade actually passes for the right age even though she’s older. In some respects I suppose you could term this a contemporary version of Romeo and Juliet because it has that star-crossed lovers vibe going for it. There’s plenty of objection to David and Jade being together and a tragedy (of a different kind) that leaves lives in tatters.
If there is one “big” thing I credit this story with, it’s that its lovers are “older.” I realize that just graduating high school doesn’t carry the same weight as the normal romantic drama (like The Notebook, and by the way, I have seen this film compared to), which is a story about adults acting foolish in love, but considering I’ve seen so many scripts put young teens in similar positions, anytime there is more maturity between characters, I do applaud that. When all is said and done, will I watch this again, probably. It earns cred for not going in the direction I expect plus I’m always up for some sort of romance film, which is why though not my favorite, I didn’t mind Endless Love. The saddest thing about it is how it turns something meant to be beautiful into something much thornier.
You can find Endless Love (2014) digitally on Amazon Video
Content: there is one sex scene complete with some side nudity; the camera lingers on the couple as they lay in front of a fireplace in a typical morning after scene. Later, there is brief instance of Jade teasing David by tugging on her underwear, and plenty of kissing. A married man is having an affair and we catch him kissing his mistress. There is some profanity, including sh*t, etc. Tense moments involve a fire and a car accident; there are lots of family arguments and lies to cover that up, and some may be bothered by the disrespectful behavior of the kids and their parents. The film is PG13.