Conditional 'Endless Love'
By Anita Yang, The China Post
February 14, 2014, 3:14 pm TWN
A remake of the classic drama film of the '80s starring Brooke Shields and Tom Cruise in one of his first roles, "Endless Love" is adapted from one of the most celebrated novels by Scott Spencer. This time, the romance film is directed by Shana Feste, featuring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the young couple who are madly in love. It is said that the film has too many changes that are not in accordance with the original novel, but then motion pictures and books are not really comparable.
Despite the fact that the plot of the movie may be a little cliché like most teenage romance movies, the director fully brings out the innocence and beauty of Gabriella Wilde as Jade, the privileged girl in the film. Jade is like a fairy that can't be easily reached, however, once David (Alex Pettyfer) admits his four-year-long crush to her, she reveals her playful, sylphlike side.
Innocent as she is, she is still a grown woman that knows how to seduce a man and play on his sexual desires. The mood of struggle and aspiration is palpable in this story of forbidden love, thanks in part to the way Jade dresses, as well as her trivial facial expressions. Parties and reckless acts in the film may seem somewhat familiar to the younger generation but wouldn't stir too much resonance among older adults.
Bruce Greenwood and Joely Richardson play Jade's parents, Hugh and Anne. Her father strictly prohibits his daughter from seeing David and tries to be in control of everything after the tragic death of his son. Richardson's character interprets the role of a loving mother who is happy seeing her daughter finally open herself to the outside world. She also admires the strong faith in love that is found in David because it reminds her of how she herself used to be a hopeless romantic. Although she yearns to bring the love back with her husband who she knows is having an affair, Hugh seems to be drowning in the past and refuses to examine his own behavior, which is harming the entire family.
"Endless Love" depicts the pursuit of true love and the preciousness of innocent love, but life is cruel and true love is not always so easily acquired or fought for as shown in the movie. Therefore for those who are long pass the age of innocence or have realized the truth of puppy love, "Endless Love" is probably not the best pick on Valentine's Day.