Film Title: The Longest Ride
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Actors: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin, Jack Huston….
Sophia (Robertson) is your typical sorority girl who has a passion for arts. She knows her path to success has already begun because she has an internship in New York City waiting for her upon her graduation. One day, she meets Luke (Eastwood), a professional bull rider who has been seriously injured in the past. On their first date, it ends with saving an old man, Ira (Alda) from a car wreck, where they also collect a wooden box from the crash. Sophia will develop an interesting relationship with Ira. He will share the contents of the wooden box with her, which contain letters about his life with his late wife, Ruth (Chaplin). Meanwhile, Luke and Sophia eventually fall in love, but begin to have problems in their relationship. Sophia believes Luke should stop bull riding due to his health issues. On the other hand, Luke thinks that Sophia’s career choice isn’t the best. Ira’s love story will help the couple see how to deal with their issues, and also make them realize if they are meant to be together.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I immediately wanted to see the film so badly. It looked like a sweet and romantic movie to pass some time. I mean you can’t go wrong with a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. However, I think I should have just been satisfied with just viewing the trailer for the film, just so that I can keep the mystery and not be as disappointed as I was after seeing the movie. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t a mind-blowing film that will be on my top movies list.
The storyline was interesting because it’s pretty relatable. The main focus of the movie is how opposites attract and how these differences can make or break some relationships. In this case, the characters come from two different backgrounds, where one is from the city and the other is from the country. They don’t see eye to eye on the same things so their main concern is that they won’t make it in the long run. I think every couple has had that concern at one point in their relationship. Also, I have to say that the main story isn’t as interesting as the embedded narrative of the old man, Ira. I was drawn more into that story. Ira and Ruth’s relationship was more appealing because it’s less predictable than Luke and Sophia’s. On top of that, it inspires us to have that magical, but challenging romance.
If I must add, the actors who portrayed young Ira and Ruth were quite amazing. We believe their chemistry 100% and was enough to make your screen explode into a million pieces. So, it was kind of hard for the main characters of the movie, Luke and Sophia, to outshine Ira and Ruth. In my mind, Luke and Sophia faded into the background, which I am sad to say since Scott Eastwood who portrayed Luke is the son of the legendary Clint Eastwood, so he indeed had very big shoes to fill. Honestly, I don’t think Eastwood was right for the part. He wasn’t lovable. If you think about all the romantic movies that you watch like Titanic (one of my favorites of all time), the male character, Jack is absolutely memorable and lovable. You almost wish you could become Rose just so you get to be the one swept off your feet by Jack. In The Longest Ride, I just felt bad for Sophia. Don’t get me wrong, Eastwood was nice to watch, but he didn’t convince me enough. On that note, Britt Robertson who portrayed Sophia wasn’t as spectacular as Oona Chaplin either. (Indeed, Oona is related to Charlie Chaplin as she is his grand daughter). So Robertson also had her work cut out for her.
One thing that I absolutely love in this movie is all the art knowledge you will gain upon watching it. If you are a lover of arts, you will have the pleasure of admiring many great paintings throughout the movie. They are accurate paintings and are completely breathtaking. If you are not a fan of art, you will definitely get an understanding of why art fanatics love them so much. Another great point of the movie is the cinematography. I highly commend it, as I almost want to run on a farm or ranch and escape the city and become one with nature after watching the great depictions of the country side in the film.
I want to finish this review by saying that it’s not a terrible movie, but it’s not the greatest either. It would be a good fit for any girl’s movie night or a soiree with your beau. If you just take the story as it is without expecting any deep meanings or theatrical significance then you will have a great time watching it.
Watch trailer here: