This Week In Home Entertainment: Endless Love, Dragons: Defenders Of Berk And More

By Jessica Rawden 2014-05-27 19:08:14discussion comments
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Endless Love Blu-ray
Youthful love is a common trope in cinema, and when done correctly, can feel timely, eternal and touching. When not done correctly, it can end up like the 2014 remake of Endless Love, a tale of two lovebirds that consistently feels aged, stilted and inappropriate.

Endless Love stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as David and Jade, two high school seniors who barely know one another. Jadeís a lot like Say Anythingís Dianeósheís close to her family but barely rates on the high school popularity scale. However, Davidís quite enthralled with her and does what he can to expand her world, even though sheís from the upper crust and heís from a blue collar family.

While Pettyfer and Wilde actually capably bring an affection to the screen, the stock characters and unfortunate dialogue donít compare well with todayís teen romances, which include such revelatory, witty and complicated films as The Spectacular Now or even Easy A. Even the timeline of Endless Love is unfulfilling, hopping from the end of senior year to the middle of summer and then skipping ahead into the fall and winter when Jade is already in college and her summer romance should seem distant.

Endless Love is fighting an uphill battle from the very beginning. Itís a movie cobbled together from movie tropes created decades ago and itís told in a sentimental manner that also feels old-fashioned. While the emotions related to Jade and Davidís romance are all there, Endless Love could have done with a dose of immediacy rather than timelessness.

Best Special Feature:
If you enjoyed Pettyfer and Wildeís relationship in Endless Love, youíll enjoy the deleted, extended and alternate scenes segment. There are endless scenes showing the couples burgeoning romance, as well as scenes that build up the relationship Jade has with her mother and father. Fans can also see where a few minor plot points were changed around. All in all, Endless Love doesnít offer the best extras weíve ever seen, but fans of the movie should find the extra content worth a perusal.

Other Bonus Features:
Extended Ending
"The Making of Endless Love"

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