After 33 years from Franco Zeffirelli‘s adaptation, the novel by Scott Spencer is now been redressed by Gossip Girl‘s producers.
Unlike his first cinema version, Shana Feste‘s Endless Love is more a re-writing of Spencer’s story than an adaptation.
The first love with a capital A, that passion that rips the heart out and makes you do all sorts of madness (as set fire to a house) of the original novel becomes sickly sweet and simple here.
A movie done by holding hands, chaste baths in the lake, and romantic love made at the light of the fireplace.
The two main characters are both more in their mid- twenty, and especially in Pettyfer‘s case, bind to two seventeen years old becomes particularly difficult.
What is definitely in favor of the couple formed by Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer is the lovely chemistry that makes them to be especially nice to see on the screen.
The way in which Shana Feste has decided to tell the story, taking away all the madness, made the love story between David and Jade very similar to that of Noah and Allie in the novel by Nicholas Sparks The Notebook.
Appreciable the score by Christophe Beck (Frozen), the absence of the homonymous song by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross is almost unforgivable
The day of their high school graduation, after years in which they have never spoken to each other, David (Alex Pettyfer) and Jade (Gabriella Wilde) meet at the posh restaurant where David works as a valet alongside his best friend ( Dayo Okeniyi).
She is shy, marked by the grief of her brother’s death and she has no friends but her other brother Keith (a great Rhys Wakefield).
She has to become a cardiologist as her father since his brother death to continue the family activity.
He is smart and charming, popular and deeply in love with this girl even if they have never spoken but he has no college bound and his dream is working as mechanic with his father.
After the meeting at the restaurant the two become inseparable for the rest of the summer and they fall deeply in love against Jade’s snobbish dad consent.
It will be this challenge to bring the story to unexpected and dramatic events.
“I know I’m not good enough for you, but I’m going to spend my entire life proving that I am”. Dave