BY ZOE BIRGER
On Valentine’s Day, the romantic drama “Endless Love” debuted on the big screen and is another flop at the box office. “Endless Love” is a remake of the original movie from 1981 starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt.
Based on the 1979 novel, Alex Pettyfer stars as David, a valet at a restaurant and lowly car mechanic. Gabriella Wilde stars as Jade, the privileged daughter of a successful, wealthy doctor.
“Endless Love” really seems to be endless as you sit and watch. The boredom starts to consume the viewer within the first 45 minutes, and that’s when the “getting up out of the theater and leaving” feeling really kicks in.
The two embark on a summer-long romance but keep getting pulled away by Jade’s over-protective father Hugh, played by Bruce Greenwood. Over the course of the summer, Jade and David spend every day together and eventually run into trouble. Hugh ends up bailing David out of jail and forbids him from seeing Jade, just before an oncoming car slams into Jade. These events are overwhelming for the viewer, and not realistic whatsoever. The fabrication of the plot line is too fluffed up with fantasy relationships and impractical expectations.
Jade quickly recovers and leaves for college while David stays in town. Months later, David runs into Jade’s mother and she fawns over David’s love for her daughter. Jade and David reunite and plan to run away together. A candle falls over in Jade’s deceased brother Chris’s room and starts a house fire, where Hugh gets trapped and David saves his life.
So much happens throughout the movie that it’s hard to keep up and causes one’s mind to be constantly whizzing. Accident after accident, it seems like the movie is never going to end.