Director: Shana Feste
Writers: Shana Feste and Jonathan Safran
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood and Robert Patrick
“Endless Love” is such a bizarre remake. First, it was a Young Adult novel with an edge. Then, Brooke Shields did it in her young and wild showing those High School aged tits everywhere phase. Now, we have this really creepy redux. While the original film wanted to play up the young first love angle, this take wants you to think of Mark Wahlberg in “Fear”. But, it’s a nicer take on that. He’s a brooding kid that just wants to love and nothing will stop him. Even, if he’s got to burn shit down to get the lady of his dreams.
There’s something about Alex Pettyfer as an actor that is so unsettling. Let’s set aside the gossip about his personal relationships and focus on the guy in the movie. His ability to convincingly portray psychotic and absorbed goes beyond the guy’s defined acting range. While I’m trying ever so hard not to make character judgments, it’s really hard to not see that casting a guy like that in this movie brought out certain elements of the original text. But, those teens just want the freedom to bone!
What does it mean to have a film where it tells kids that anything you want is yours without consequence? While it’s symbolic of an American youth culture left unchecked, it is embraced in this film by a script that caters to the worst in our youth. If we have a cinema that gives the thumbs up to any impetous behavior, then are we enabling kids to become dumber and keep popping out more babies? Those babies grow into horny teens with no concept of how things work in the real work. In turn, they see the third version of this story in 2034. This leads to more butt babies being birthed onto the floor of handicapped stall at the local high school. It’s like an ADD raddled snake constantly eating his tail and texting.
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