'Endless Love' is endlessly cliché

By Taylor Burrington
On February 27, 2014

Endless Love is a romance drama directed by Shana Feste that may or may not be a remake of the 1981 version starring Martin Hewitt and Brooke Shields.

David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer) is the rebellious, tough brute who is apparently incredibly intelligent and actually a real sweetheart. He’s also equivalent to your top-of-the-line Abercrombie models, of course. Jade Butterfield (Gabriella Wilde) is a meek, innocent, young girl who has remained very antisocial since the death of her oldest brother.

Try to guess the plot before I actually tell you what it is. I’ll wait. Did you guess the guy would not be approved of by the girl’s father, but he would try anyway, and they would fight through it, and in the end something would happen to bring everyone together? Sorry, spoilers I guess. I shouldn’t say that’s it. There are some other rather dramatic events and such that bring a bit more conflict to this story. However, I have to be honest. For the most part, it is the same clichéd love story of two teens hanging on to forbidden love.

That’s where this story suffers. Nothing felt new, nothing felt genuine and at the end of the day the story just fizzled out before it even got started. The movie certainly felt endless.

Pettyfer has just always struck me as a clunky, stiff actor, and if subtlety is what he’s going for, he is missing the mark. Even in the emotional scenes, I didn’t feel it. His character was awkward and forced, and I found it hard to believe he actually felt anything for Wilde’s character. Bruce Greenwood probably turns in the best performance as the overbearing and borderline sinister father in the character of Hugh Greenfield.

Overall, the writing was lackluster and poorly researched. So many details in this film seemed contrived and just flubbed, for lack of better words. The supporting cast brings better acting to the film which somehow hurts it by making the two leads look even the worse than they actually are.

This film is beyond the clichés, plot holes and poor acting, and is just plain boring. There isn’t any point where you feel gripped by the story, where you feel you can connect with the characters. It has an hour and forty-five minute run time, but it just drags on.

Truthfully, there isn’t much more that can be said about this film. If you are looking for a typical love story that may bring the most tender-hearted of us to tears, this film might be suited for you. Otherwise, I say resoundingly that this film is not worth the watch, not even a Redbox rental.


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