Directed by: Shana Feste
Truthfully, few things make you feel old than watching the remake of a film you remember coming out when you were a young adult. Endless Love, based on the 1979 book by Scott Spencer — initially adapted to the screen in ’81 by Franco Zeffirelli, and staring Brooke Shields has now ben remade into yet another less-than-notable adaption of the source material (Don’t take our word for it, that’s pretty much what Spencer himself said). Needless to say, while a few thing have changed between the first and second film (we never read the book), the principle thrust of the story is essentially the same. Jade Butterfield (Wilde) is a privileged girl who falls hard for a poor, but charismatic boy, David Elliot (Pettyfer), and begin a passionate love affair made only more reckless by her father (Greenwood) trying to keep them apart.
Yes, this is that story of two teens David (17, and Jade (15) who fall madly, passionately in love and they are instantly “soul mates” and nothing will ever cause them to be angry at each other, mistrust each other, or in any way, shape, or form, ever fall out of love and the rest of their life together they will burn together as while hot as the sun in love with each other.
Sorry kids, those of us past the age of high school romance often have a hard time taking these kinds of stories seriously, especially with life-expectancy reaching into the high 90s and (more and more often) into triple digits. Love is more than the passion you feel at first blush, and has a tendency to grow brittle and fail when (as they say) the rubber meets the road. But yeah, we already know that we are clearly not the target audience for this film (nor were we the target audience when it was first released — mores the pity) needless to say, we find the plot and premise of District 9 far more plausible than this silliness, Still that shouldn’t stop you from going to watch it.
Or perhaps it should.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.