From 'Winter's Tale' to 'A Hauned House 2' and more
For a romance to really work on screen, audiences should fall in love with couple, as well as with each person in the pair. By the end of this redux, would-be endless lovers will have no idea what these pretty "teenagers" (20-somethings Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) are actually like. We're told Jade (Wilde) is funny, smart full of life and yet she's just a placeholder, a barely-written character with long hair and a death grip. Pettyfer's David has only two modes: smiling doofily or punching somebody. For all the melodrama -- the firelit "first time," a burning house, a restraining order, cheating scandal, class warfare, a late-night arrest -- there's scarcely anything here to love.
- Katie Hasty