The Beach House (2020) | SHUDDER
Endless is a teen romance that feels like a modern retelling of Ghost, combined with Charlie St Cloud and some If I Stay thrown in for good measure.
Scott Speer is no stranger to the teen romance genre, having previously worked on Step Up films and the MTV show Finding Carter. It makes sense then that the scenes involving the romantic leads are the strongest of the film. Combined with the utilisation of the beautiful setting, Speer is able to whisk us into a foggy magical world, where maybe love is strong enough to cross life and death.
The plot is fairly conventional and hits a lot of teen rom-com tropes. Two teens from opposite backgrounds, star crossed lovers, separated by illness or death. It’s a well mined story well, but that doesn’t make Endless any less good. Riley’s storyline is front and centre, and a subplot involving Chris and his unresolved issues with his father doesn’t play out successfully as it feels shoehorned in. The plot is at its best when it is looking at the role Riley’s guilt for the accident plays on her desperation to connect with Chris one last time. There are a few of these scattered subplots, which whilst not ruining the film, feel like they dilute the most powerful moments and plot points.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Lead actress Alexandra Shipp is excellent. She outshines the rest of the cast, and the film should have allowed for us to spend much more time with her. Shipp may look familiar, as she’s been hiding in the background of many recent films, most notably as Storm is the recent X-Men films, so it’s pleasing to see her not only in the lead role but flourishing in it. Shipp’s Riley is by far the most developed of all the characters, and whilst there are interesting flashes into the lives of other characters – her friends, Chris’ mother, a second ghost character – they’re underdeveloped and feel clumsily scattered around Shipp’s clear star power.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
...A Modern Retelling Of 'Ghost'
2020 releases are really going all out with utilising the beauty of nature, and Endless joins that list. Filmed in and around Kelowna in Canada, director Speer and cinematographers Frank Borin and Mark Dobrescu create stunning fog filled lake sequences that add the right touches of romance and supernatural uncertainty to the film.
Endless (2020) | VOD
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
Endless boasts a winning soundtrack; many involved in the film come from a music video background, so it makes sense they would have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to putting the sound of Endless together.
At its worst, Endless is a little cheesy, but at its best, quite moving. It’s not going to make any critics top 10 lists, but it will find its fans amongst its core audience. The film offers a pleasant way to spend an evening, as well as a reminder of the power of young love.