There are two romance-based films that are remakes arriving this Valentine’s Day that bring a modern touch to two movies that helped define the 1980s. Where About Last Night is an all-out romantic comedy in the purest sense of the description, Endless Love is a romance, true and true.
Endless Love does something quite right. Writer-director Shana Feste reflects that first love feeling of two teenagers who seem to live and breathe for nothing but spending time with the other.
Alex Pettyfer is David and Gabriella Wilde is Jade and as is the case in the original film, she is from a wealthy family and he is from a working class family. The two meet and sparks fly immediately. But, unlike the first film and the Scott Spencer novel that the story is based on, Feste chooses to have her David find another fate.
As told to us in our Alex Pettyfer interview, it was decided that that rebellious past of David’s should be something that remains the past. It is alluded to, but never is front and center in Feste’s story. That way the audience can pull for these two lovebirds to buck the odds and actually make it.
And the audience does pull for these two to make it work. But, there is a roadblock and it goes by the name of Hugh (Bruce Greenwood). He is Jade’s father and he is innately protective. And he is even more so since his beloved son died. He is determined not to lose another child and Hugh is convinced that David will do just that. Meanwhile, Hugh’s wife Anne (a fantastic Joely Richardson) still believes in love and seems something in David.
The Endless Love cast does fantastic work. Greenwood is terrific and it’s easy to root against him. Pettyfer has actually grown much as an actor since Beastly and Magic Mike. He is quite likable in Endless Love and the audience does hope his character finds happiness… something that is wildly different from the original.
Wilde is a find. The UK actress has only been in a few films and with the impression she leaves in Endless Love, we expect to see much of her in the future. And not to be left behind, Robert Patrick portrays David’s father. He’s a widower who is full of life wisdom and in the hands of Patrick -- it is one of the film’s more endearing characters.
There is something a little missing from Endless Love. And perhaps it’s just a cynical view one gets with age. We think that those who can most identify with the unable to be quenched longing that is teenage love will find Endless Love a true treasure.
For everyone else that has a more realistic view of life, our Endless Love review finds the film may not be your cup of tea. One thing is for sure, it absolutely picked the right day for the romance to debut.
Be sure to check out Pettyfer’s last film and watch Magic Mike online.