Films are the window to youth culture
If you ever wanted to know whether we live in child-centric culture and feel the constant need to protect our children, you need look no further than the recent Endless Love film.
When I learnt that they were doing a remake of Endless Love, I was jumping up a down at the prospect of introducing my daughter to a film that had such an impact on me as a child. In fact, I think I blame this film for not finding the love of my life until I was in my 30’s. The original film, released in 1981, was a tragic love story that showed so well the loss of innocence and the devastating effect that can have on a family, which can last a lifetime. It was a film that made you really think and brought up so many questions about real love and it’s all-consuming power.
It is in essence the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair, made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.
So as soon as the film came out, I rushed my daughter to the cinema, telling her all about the story and what was so good about it. The remake was reworked by Joshua Saran of ‘Gossip Girl’ fame and while I expected it to be different, I didn’t expect it to be so different. While a good film I was left saying, “What?!” My daughter was left saying, “That was a good film”. And while it was, it was so different and lacked all the things that made the first one so devastating. I quickly ran out and bought the original, so she could see how good it was. And never before have I seen, in such graphic detail, how we protect our young people nowadays!
There were things in the first film that I expected to be different, for example the whole family including the parents taking drugs together at parties, the blatant way the young lovers flaunt in front of their parents that they are sleeping together; I mean, we couldn’t let our children see that could we? That early 80’s attitude would never be acceptable nowadays!