Movie review – “The Longest Ride” – two beautiful stories for the price of one

the longest ride

Starring: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, and Oona Chaplin
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Rated: PG-13 for language and sensual content
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2726560

The Longest Ride follows a young college student Sophia (Britt Robertson) as she meets bull riding champion Luke Collins (Scott Eastwood) and embark on relationship but find that making love work is not as easy on they thought it would be. Sophia enlists the help of an elderly man, Ira (Alan Alda – elderly and Jack Huston – younger) who tells her the story of how him and his wife Ruth (Oona Chaplin) made their love last.

The main theme of the story, ‘Love requires sacrifice’, is something that you see over and over again with this film. You see the lengths that Ira and Ruth went through to make their relationship work and what they had to compromise. It’s not all sunshine and flowers and sometimes you have to decide what’s most important in your life. It’s through their story that Luke and Sophia are able to see that if they want their relationship to work, they have to put each other first. Which we all know is easier said then done.

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The cast was perfect for this movie. Both couples Eastwood/Robertson and Houston/Chaplin had amazing chemistry that just sizzled the screen. The movie had a lot of life and heart and your really could see something like this really happening. You were able to believe that these two couples love each other, even though you only saw them for about 40 minutes each. That is a hard sell when you don’t have the whole movie to make the audience believe that you are in love.

The best scenes were the bull riding scenes. Director, George Tillman Jr, got some amazing action shots of when Luke is riding the bull and used slow motion to really see the impact that these men endure when they are riding the bulls. It’s a very exciting show and this movie certainly makes you want to go down south and watch a bull-riding competition.tlr3

There is very little, if anything wrong with this movie adaptation. Yes there are something that were cut out from the book (which is to be expected) and the changes that were made, made the story better. You were rooting for both of these couples from the beginning wanting them to find their way back to ech other. It’s the kind of hope that fans had when watching The Notebook.

It’s safe to say there’s been a little slump with Sparks’s adaptations, but this movie is going to renew your love for his books into movies. The movie has that hope and passion that we fell in love with in The Notebook and gives you more for your money because there are two couples you are hoping for, instead of just one.

What did you think of the movie?

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