Endless Love, a movie starring Gabriella Wilde as Jade and Alex Pettyfer as David, tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love after high school graduation and are determined to be together despite the wishes of Jade’s father, Hugh, played by Bruce Greenwood.
I went in with high hopes for the movie but was disappointed with what I saw. Upon walking into the theater, almost every seat was empty.
There were only two other moviegoers attending the movie at that time. That was the first bad sign; almost no one was interested in the movie.
The previews had led me to believe it would be passionate and a tearjerker, but the movie did not live up to those expectations.
I felt like I should have been sad, happy, relieved or mad at times, but the characters weren’t convincing me.
From the start, I couldn’t connect with the characters, which is a deal-breaker for me when watching any movie. The presence of the actors was forced, there was little real emotion and the dialogue was insignificant and clichéd.
Nothing in the movie made it memorable. It was almost as if they had taken pieces of other stories, such as Romeo and Juliet and The Notebook, and mashed them together with little creativity.
Due to that fact, the movie was predictable. It wasn’t hard to guess what was going to happen next, because I have seen it before, thus making it somewhat boring and an overkill.
The difference between Endless Love and the romance films before it is that the others made me feel like it actually was happening or that it could happen. There wasn’t much reality to this movie; it was all obvious Hollywood glam.
The storyline overall sounded like a good idea, but it could have been executed better. I would have liked to believe the characters weren’t just going through the motions.
The soundtrack of the movie, featuring songs such as “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron, was powerful. Most of the emotion in the movie came from the soundtrack. The tempo of the music is what told you what you were supposed to be feeling while watching a particular scene.
The movie appears to be aimed at a younger audience, yet it contains adult content throughout that probably wouldn’t be considered acceptable for that age group.
The overall ratings for Endless Love aren’t looking good, and I don’t disagree with them. I anticipated much more.