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The original: 4.6 stars. THIS: 6.3 stars????


When you see something so ridiculous, you realize that you cannot take the ratings on this site seriously. I mean THIS piece of garbage is considered to be better than the 1981 version? By WHO? who could possibly think that? At least the original actually followed the source material, (yes "Endless Love" was quite a powerful novel.) This "remake" merely borrows the title, but has nothing to do with the book. I'm not sure how they even got away with that.

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I think your tagline explains it all.

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The original might have been a two or a three at best. For this film, IMDB needs to introduce the half star so I would not have to rate it one.

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The original "Endless Love" is no masterpiece, but I think it's a fairly good tragic love story. Also it has this very nostalgic feel, and some nice cinematography and music. And of course Brooke Shields, one of the most iconic beautiful women of all time. Any film directed by Zeffirelli has to have some qualities.. Of course the new movie is pure forgettable, rotgut trash..

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The original was a masterpiece in my eyes. But, then again, I am well aware that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The original had something magical and nostalgic that this one lacked. The original 1981 version was extremely haunting, in my opinion. It was full of raw, carnal, un-adulterated desire and emotion. I especially recall the scene in the original where Jade visits David after her father's death, right after David got out of the asylum. As Jade was leaving, David grabbed her, sobbing, and he pleaded with her that it wasn't over. He held on to her and was clinging to her with such raw emotion. I didn't see that same type of raw emotion here. The original has me sobbing by the end of the movie. This rendition got a tiny sniffle out of me at best. To me, Endless Love (the original) truly is a masterpiece, and, it irks me when masterpieces get remade by more modern renditions that the current generation will appreciate more. I get that the original Endless Love was made in the early 80s. I know that 80s acting can sometimes be seen as corny and cheesy, and, I know that the big poofy hair, the 80s clothing, and the 80s way of speaking, etc. etc. all make the original film out-dated, but... something being out-dated doesn't automatically mean that it has to be remade into something more current and new. Gone With the Wind is very out-dated, and, I hope to God that no one tries to remake that one.

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I agree with what you're saying; the original is really beautiful, richly textured and truly romantic. David loves Jade so much that it literally drives him crazy. You don't see that kind of romantic portrayal anymore. Today everyone is so cautious. And people all think of themselves as amateur psychologists. Today David would be dismissed as a "stalker" or a "toxic boyfriend" or some other current term that people throw around. Franco Zeffirelli also filmed the 60's version of "Romeo and Juliet," another movie about love driving people to madness. "Endless Love" is similar. However i don't think the 80's style hurts the film, (actually I always considered this movie to have more of a 70's vibe)..But rather it fits in nicely with this revived interest that people today have with fashion and movies from the 70's/80's. 1981's "Endless Love" is an iconic film..the remake is forgettable, throwaway entertainment..

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Oh, 70s/80s movies don't bother me at all, but, I do find that a lot of people (though not all) find it to be an out-dated time period. I think this is why so many classic movies are being remade. I hate how classic films are being remade for the sake of being current. And, yes, David may seem like a stalker by today's standards, but, the original Endless Love was based on the novel, which was much more dark and sinister than this fluffy remake. Another thing about modern movies is that they need to sugar coat everything and provide people with a happy ending that they all want and crave. The 1981 Endless Love also had sort of a happy ending, if you want to call it that, but, the drama and the hardships that they had to go through... sheesh. This remake barely resembled the original Endless Love, to me. They had the same names as in the novel / 1981 movie, but, that was it. I almost feel like they tried to rip aspects out of the original Endless Love + The Notebook. In The Notebook, the father had an issue with his rich daughter dating a poor boy, and, he felt that the boy would keep her away and distract her from her education, so, he forbid them from seeing each other. Oh wait -- isn't that what the main source of conflict in this version was? That wasn't even an issue in the original 1981 version or the book. In the original, the father merely started to go mad because Jade was losing her innocence at such a young age, and, it drove him crazy to know that he was losing his little girl to a man who had such a strong desire for her. I truly get the sense that they tried to make some mish-mashed love child of The Notebook + the original Endless Love + ??????. I see aspects of The Notebook in this movie more than I see aspects of the original Endless Love. But then, there are some things that just weren't relevant to anything. The dead brother, the stereotypical ex-girlfriend causing drama, the stereotypical funny best friend who is the comedic relief, Jade's father having some random affair, David's father being a low-life, David having a random criminal record prior to any of the current events, etc. So, to me, this remake was pretty much mostly just a bad rip off of The Notebook, with aspects from the original Endless Love, and they threw in some random and irrelevant plot details just to make it "unique" and different. To call this a remake of Endless Love, though, would be stretching it by a long shot.

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The fact that the new "Endless Love" movie had almost nothing to do with either the book or the original film, is what i hated most about it. I kind of felt tricked into watching it. I wanted to see how they would handle a retelling of this story, and other than the two main characters being named Jade and David, nothing else really matched. And while the 1981 version was visually dark, and atmospheric, the new movie was so bright and antiseptic looking. It looked like a toothpaste commercial! Brooke Shields was so gorgeous, and the actor who played David was handsome and brooding, but he also looked like a real person. The remake looked so plastic and fake. Yes, it seemed like a cheap rip off of "The Notebook." And truthfully, I didn't much care for that movie either. Even though Ryan Gosling is one of my favorite actors, that film didn't seem very sincere. But maybe I should give it another chance. However I'm surprised about your take on the 80's "Endless Love" having a happy ending. I thought the ending was sad and tragic; Jade loses David, and David ends up in a mental institution. Whether or not they ever reunite is left up to the viewer to interpret. But in the novel, they do not end up together. I read that novel very young, and thought it was one of the most powerful love stories I ever read, and I still feel that way as an adult..

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The 1981 version did seem to have a happier ending in comparison to the book. At the end of the 1981 version, Jade confesses to her mother that no one will ever love her like David, and, the last scene shows her walking towards David while he's in confinement. I, at least, find that to be a happy ending. Perhaps Jade never lost David and David never lost Jade. I got the vibe that they ended up together once he got out -- however long that may have been. Hence, the title of "Endless Love"

Off topic, but, "The Notebook" is one of my favorite movies, and, I didn't like it at first, either. When I saw it the first time, I was all "Meh" about it. Second time around, it grew on me. Third time around, it touched me in a very deep way. Now, every time I see it, I just fall in love with it all over again. Oddly enough, when I first saw the 1981 version of "Endless Love", I didn't like it much at all. Then, I saw it again, and fell in love with it. For some reason, I learn to appreciate movies way more on my second or third time watching them. So, if you didn't like "The Notebook", I'd honestly give it another chance.

But, then again, I am very partial and biased to these sorts of movies. Right now, I'm currently in a four year relationship that burns with a lot of passion. So much so that it truly is an endless type of love. Having experienced that gut wrenching, obsessive, passionate, consuming type of love has truly made me a sucker for movies full of intense and "crazy" loves. Has love driven me crazy? Absolutely. In both good ways and bad. I have been on both ends of the spectrum. This is another reason why I much prefer movies with "crazy" types of love. The original "Endless Love" and "The Notebook" both have scenes where people literally go mad from love. They love someone so much that it just tears them down, strips them away, and leaves them feeling hopeless, desperate, and full of tremendous longing and desire... I've been there, done that.

Hence, my issue with this movie is the same as yours. On top of it not resembling the original "Endless Love" in any form or fashion, the two main leads do look like they could be part of a toothpaste commercial. The whole movie looked like one giant toothpaste commercial, come to think of it, hahaha! It's hilarious how you pointed that out.

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It's even more melodramatic and badly written than the earlier film was... which takes some doing!






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Right because any site that would have a movie rated higher than the rating that you deem appropriate for a certain movie, just isn't a credible source for movie ratings.

Moron.

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Calling someone a moron is rather classless. Are you sure you are from the Upper East Side, dear? Because you sound like a piece of Bronx trash..

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Telling me that I sound like a "piece of Bronx trash" is just as classless, especially when you're generalizing those who live there as "trash".

Is that the only part of my post that didn't go over your head or is this just your way of projecting after I called out your idiotic OP?

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Well defending a movie like the "Endless Love" remake, speaks volume about your own intelligence. Who is the "idiot" dear? Or perhaps you just have poor taste. Which is a shame for someone living on the Upper East Side. Hopefully your taste in home decor isn't as vulgar and trashy as your taste in film. Wow. I just have to wonder about anyone who would defend a movie like this. It's trash; and that is not my "opinion," but rather an indisputable fact. Get out more..

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Now you're calling me an "idiot" and suggesting that I have "poor taste" because I liked a movie that you didn't? That speaks volumes about your intelligence (or lack of). I can't help but wonder about anyone who views their personal thoughts as "indisputable facts", as they clearly have not grasped the concept of a personal opinion. You're entitled to your opinion of this movie of course but it's rating of a 6.3 proves that your "indisputable fact" is nothing more that just a matter of opinion. Do you often question the intelligence of anyone who doesn't share your statements about a specific movie? Get out more...

By the way, I'm not actually from the Upper East Side. It's a username inspired by a television series. Just so you know, that's a fact but I realize that facts are lost on people who are as dimwitted as you are.

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Thank you for explaining your IMDb name; I was wondering how someone so rude and uneducated sounding could possibly be a resident of the Upper East Side. It's quite an exclusive address. Maybe it is a matter of "opinion" as you say. But than isn't thinking that Adolf Hitler was evil, also an "opinion?" i mean, some people would say that he was a genius and a great leader. That would be their "opinion." But when something is just so damn obvious, an opinion can become a known fact. Now there might be people who quite liked "Endless Love," but show me one single critic that praised this abortion of a film. You won't find one. Because it is trash. I like certain films that are considered awful. For instance "Showgirls;" I like that movie, and think it's a lot of fun. But I'm fully aware that it's not a "good" film. Sorry, but "Endless Love?" it's so obviously a wretched production, and i can't imagine why you are defending it. It's fine to like it, but must you insist that it is a "good film?" Because it's not. it's a 2 hour toothpaste commercial.

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Thank you for explaining your IMDb name; I was wondering how someone so rude and uneducated sounding could possibly be a resident of the Upper East Side.


Again with the assumptions.

Maybe it is a matter of "opinion" as you say. But than isn't thinking that Adolf Hitler was evil, also an "opinion?" i mean, some people would say that he was a genius and a great leader. That would be their "opinion."


Since you're wanting to stretch the argument as far as possible...yes, that would be an opinion. Another person could also have an opinion that the sky is green. That would be their opinion, which they're entitled to have, but factually, the sky is blue. Like the example you gave, a person could have the opinion that Adolf Hitler was a "great leader", however, if you ask any person with a conscience, a sense of right and blood pumping through their veins, would tell you that he was a truly wicked person.

There can be right opinions and there can be wrong opinions. A person may be entitled to have an opinion but that doesn't mean that they are correct.

Now there might be people who quite liked "Endless Love," but show me one single critic that praised this abortion of a film. You won't find one. Because it is trash.


Honestly, I never gave a damn about critics. Just because they are paid to share their opinions, doesn't mean that they are any more valid than anyone else's. If a movie get a 50 on Metacritic, who are we to believe? The critics who did like it or the critics who didn't?

If I see an ad for a movie, I'll see it if I'm interested, regardless of what critics say. I don't need others to form my opinion for me.

As I said, you're welcome to feel however you feel about this movie. If this had a rating of 3.9, I could understand your thoughts but with a 6.3...that's not too bad.



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