Like many films about wholly misguided love affairs, consuming obsession, and criminal activity involving elephants, ‘Endless Love’ opens with a vaguely creepy voiceover. Apparently meant to be styled as the opening lines to some kind of modern fairy tale, David Elliot (Alex Pettyfer) uses the first few moments of Shana Feste’s adaptation to introduce us his very own tower-bound princess, young Jade Butterfield (Gabrielle Wilde), a sensitive enough soul entombed in our own grief (or something like that, it’s hard to tell over Pettyfer’s creepy staring). Set at the pair’s high school graduation, David and the camera both spy on Jade as he vows to do, well, something to get to know her. Charming.
Even if you haven't seen the schmaltzy 1981 movie 'Endless Love,' chances are you're at least familiar with the classic Diana Ross/Lionel Richie duet it spawned. And, that makes sense. The song was wildly popular; the movie was not (Roger Ebert called it "a narrative and logical mess"). Despite that, Universal has pressed ahead with a remake and...it's about as melodramatic as you'd expect.
Director Lee Daniels brought us Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron in 'The Paperboy,' a potential Oscar contender in 'Lee Daniels' The Butler,' and now he wants to push the envelope a bit more. He's developing an "interracial love affair action movie" with 'Magic Mike' star Alex Pettyfer in mind for a lead role as one-half of a gay 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'-type couple. Well, if that doesn't rile up One Million Moms or Westboro Baptist Church, what will?