‘Endless Love’: Mercifully, not an endless movie
A 1.5-star review by Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald of the remake “Endless Love,” yet another story of the love affair of a rich girl and a working-class boy, both with excellent hair and little personality.
Seattle Times movie critic
‘Endless Love,’ with Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield. Directed by Shana Feste, from a screenplay by Feste and Joshua Safran, based on the novel by Scott Spencer. 105 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief partial nudity, some language and teen partying. Several theaters.
Whether or not you liked the 1981 version of “Endless Love,” you had to admit that things happened in the movie: death, divorce, arson, prison, stints in mental institutions, arson, Brooke Shields’ eyebrows. Now, more than three decades later, we have another film adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel, and in this one, hardly anything happens at all. Pretty boy named David (Alex Pettyfer) meets pretty girl named Jade (Gabriella Wilde), and they cavort around like a couple in a high-end hotel commercial, and ... well, that’s pretty much it, except for her dad (Bruce Greenwood) being kind of a meanie, and her mom (Joely Richardson) having written some sort of memoir with the very enticing title of “Birthing Pain.”
Directed by Shana Feste (“Country Strong”), “Endless Love” is yet another story of the love affair of a rich girl and a working-class boy, both with excellent hair and little personality. You watch, appreciating their pretty smiles but wandering off on tangents, such as why Jade’s family has so many candles in their house (seriously, these people put Pottery Barn to shame), and what titles were rejected in favor of “Birthing Pain.” At one point, David and Jade’s father, Hugh, go off on a boat together, with Greenwood grinning in a slightly maniacal way, and I cheered right up, hoping to see a “Talented Mr. Ripley” situation that would leave us with a body to dispose of and an actual plot. No, alas, the movie just went on; not quite endlessly, but almost.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org