Irresistably easy to watch

MOVIE REVIEW

NADINE HANCOCK
Last updated 05:00 27/02/2014
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Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde in a scene from Endless Love.

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Endless Love. Starring Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer and Bruce Greenwood; directed by Shana Feste

OPINION: I'm a hopeless romantic; a fact I'm not ashamed to admit. I love the feeling of a sweeping score, watching a beautiful relationship develop and, of course, the perfect first kiss. So it makes sense that I enjoyed Shana Feste's remake of the 1981 film Endless Love.

Kicking off with a scene straight from JJ Abram's Felicity, David Elliot admires Jade Butterfield from afar. When fate brings both together, an instant connection is forged and the two become inseparable. No relationship is that simple, though, especially when an overbearing father is involved, determined to keep the couple apart.

I haven't seen the original film or read the book that it is based on so I cannot make any comparisons, but I found myself making parallels to other films of the same vein. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though. Audiences know exactly what to expect. It doesn't promise to be anything other than a love-fest resulting in a few laughs and lot of sighs from audiences.

I was surprised by the performances delivered by Gabriella Wilde (Carrie) and Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike), considering the small number of films each has starred in. Wilde, in particular, plays the naive, almost fragile Jade seamlessly and, while David could have been played by any of the good-looking actors out there, Pettyfer portrays the role well. This gorgeous pairing makes it easy to become invested in their relationship as they shine together on screen with perfect chemistry.

Endless Love is by no means original and it is smothered with enough cheese to keep any pizza- lover happy, but it is sweet, romantic and irresistibly easy to watch.

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