Directed by Shana Feste, Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike, I Am Number Four) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). It’s a remake of the 1981 version by the same name. The original was based off the novel by Scott Spencer, first published in 1979.
Endless Love tells the tragic love story of a young couple who is forced to be secretive by a father who is trying to keep them apart. It’s filled with steamy makeout sessions and deep quotes about romance and lots of cute couple scenes…
… and I hated it.
Usually, I don’t use the word “hate” unless it’s to describe homework or bad internet connection, but this is an exception.
(Prepare to be bombarded with multiple reasons as to why I hated this film and one reason as to why I mildly liked it)
First of all, as if the title of the film wasn’t cliché enough, it was released on Valentine’s Day. I can just imagine all the bored boyfriends being dragged to the theatres because their girlfriends want an excuse to fantasize about Alex Pettyfer for 1 hour and 44 minutes. Along with the “Why don’t you love me like THAT” comments that are bound to be made as soon as the credits start rolling.
Furthermore, this film had no substance to it. Endless Love was basically two attractive people being cute together, prevented from being cute together, and then eventually ending up being cute together after all. The end. I didn’t even bother saying “spoiler alert”, because if you didn’t realize that this movie would have a happy ending, then you, my friend, need to immediately consume a healthy dose of logic.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Alex Pettyfer, I really do. His body is hotter than the bottom of my laptop. His co-star, Gabriella Wilde, is the epitome of angelic innocence. However, their acting is cringe-worthy. It might just be the cheesiness of the script (destined to send those who are lactose intolerant running for the washroom), but every line induced a flashback to the awful summer teen novels about boys I was obsessed with in sixth grade. Not to mention, Pettyfer and Wilde are BOTH British. The amount of romance and class that comes with a British accent would have made this film so much more enjoyable, but of course, American accents were put on. Why would such a thing be done? Why would one replace the melodious lilts of a British accent WITH A PLAIN, POORLY DONE AMERICAN ONE?
When the film finally came to an end, I was just happy I didn’t have to pay for my ticket and rather used my Scene Points to redeem it. I realize that this article has basically consisted of complaints, so I’ll take this time to share what I did like about the movie. Saving the best for last, right? The best part about Endless Love was… drumroll please… the soundtrack. Maybe it’s just my music taste, but the whole soft guitar feel to the soundtrack gave it a coffee-shop aura that I love. One particular song, Surround You by Echosmith, was so good, I immediately looked it up in the theatre. Yes, I blatantly ignored the “Please turn off your phone” warnings to find the name of a song. It was that good.
Overall, the movie was bad. If you need a poorly made chick flick to help you out during a break up, then by all means, watch this. Or if you just like cheesy romance movies. But you should not, for any other reason, lay your eyes on this film.
About the contributor: nina Shu hates capital n’s and dreams of living as a cat-owning journalist. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading books, and avoiding responsibility. She doesn’t go out much, but when she does, it’s to go to Chapters.